Proos, Pscholka honor Whirlpool’s 100th anniversary at state Capitol

LANSING — State Sen. John Proos and state Rep. Al Pscholka welcomed a Whirlpool Corporation representative to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday and presented her with a special tribute in honor of the company’s 100th anniversary.

“I am proud to recognize a corporation with such a long and successful history of innovation, growth and community involvement,” said Proos-R St. Joseph. “As one of the world’s most successful and respected companies, Whirlpool has also shown sincere dedication to improving our communities, including Southwest Michigan.”

The Whirlpool Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to a variety of community organizations. Whirlpool employees and retirees, encouraged by matching funds from the company, have donated more than $30 million to local United Way agencies across the country during the past 10 years.

“What began as a small family business in Southwest Michigan has grown into the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, while Whirlpool’s world headquarters remain in Benton Harbor,” said Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “I am honored to have the opportunity to commemorate this important moment in Whirlpool’s history.”

The tribute was signed by Proos; Pscholka; U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph; and Gov. Rick Snyder. It was presented to Kim K. Thompson, Whirlpool’s senior director for global corporate branding and public relations.

Editor’s Note: The above photograph of Thompson, Proos and Pscholka is available by clicking on the image or by visiting Proos’ photowire at:

http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=21