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Since 2006, the Whirlpool Corporation has been the largest home appliance manufacturer in the world. Whirlpool is proud to be a Fortune 500 company and is the parent to dozens of popular appliance brand names.

The company’s origins begin in 1911 when Upton brothers Louis, Emory, and Frederick founded the Upton Machine Company, producing electric wringer washing machines. Almost 30 years later, their company merged with the Nineteen Hundred Washer Company, which later changed their company name to Whirlpool in 1950. In the decades to follow, Whirlpool would acquire and build strong relationships with other companies, such as RCA, Philips, and even NASA, for whom they’d designed feeding and waste systems for Project Gemini.

Building Blocks Whirlpool and Habitat For Humanity's Dallas project, Building Blocks.

The Whirlpool Corporation invests great effort toward giving back to communities in need. Whirlpool is a major supporter of various charities, including Habitat For Humanity, helping to build affordable housing for low-income families. After Hurricane Katrina, Whirlpool and Habitat executed "Operation Home Delivery", where over 50 pre-built homes were constructed in Rockefeller Center and transported to devastated towns in Louisiana and Mississippi. That year, Whirlpool held its annual sales meeting in New Orleans, where over 1,000 of its employees volunteered in rebuilding the local neighborhoods as part of its itinerary. It’s the goal of Whirlpool to have a hand in every home built by the organization by the year 2011, whether it be by cash donations or supplying needed appliances.

One of Whirlpool’s supported brands, Kitchenaid, operates Cook For The Cure, a program that hosts cooking events to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Kitchenaid also supports other breast cancer foundations in countries all over the globe.

Many appliances and parts are made by Whirlpool under different brand names. Here is a list of Whirlpool’s most known brands:

  • Acros
  • Estate
  • Inglis
  • Bauknecht
  • Brastemp
  • Gladiator GarageWorks

Not many people know, but Whirlpool manufactures appliances and parts for other companies under different brand names. Many appliances under Sears’ Kenmore or Home Depot's Admiral brands are made by Whirlpool, as are many branded under IKEA. As a result, many of their refrigerator models use Whirlpool refrigerator water filters.