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Whirlpool Wins Gold, Silver LEED Green Building Certifications

BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool Corp., the world’s No. 1 appliance maker, has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications for two of its recent building projects, both located in its headquartesr city, Benton Harbor.

Riverview Campus, the North American Region headquarters, is now LEED Gold certified for Phase 3 of its development, and the Global Headquarters is LEED Silver certified for the South and East wings of the building. LEED is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building. These are the 14th and 15th LEED-certified projects for Whirlpool since 2009, with all projects now totalling more than 9.4 million square feet.

“Being awarded additional LEED certifications is validation of our long-held belief that sustainability is not just important for our business, but a responsibility on behalf of our consumers,” said Lee Utke, Whirlpool’s senior director of global corporate real estate. “Each project represents a continuation of our commitment to designing, constructing, and/or remodeling buildings using sustainable practices.”

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is the foremost program for buildings that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. In the Whirlpool projects, restroom faucets with ultra low-flow valves and toilets were designed to reduce water usage. When compared to the minimum baseline established by the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the fixtures’ performance results in an estimated 40 percent water savings for both facilities — about 1.07 million gallons of water at the Riverview Campus, and 697,000 gallons at the Global Headquarters. Energy efficiency was also a priority, with the Riverview Campus taking an integrated, whole-campus approach. The building was designed around a central plant heating and cooling system with a building management system, and incorporates high-efficiency interior and exterior lighting.

A waste-reduction plan was enacted during construction of all three phases for each building, resulting in thousands of tons of waste diverted from landfills at the Riverview Campus and Global Headquarters — 94 percent and 57 percent of total construction waste, respectively. At the Riverview Campus, materials containing recycled content constitute 31 percent of the total cost of materials, which included drywall, carpet in the office, steel columns, and concrete in the floor slabs and exterior site.

Both buildings maximize open space, with more than 111,000 square feet of open space at the Riverview Campus, and nearly 284,000 square feet of outside vegetated green space at the Global Headquarters. Open space helps reduce heat island effect, increases stormwater infiltration, and provides individuals on the site with a connection to the outdoors, a feature proven to increase employee productivity and satisfaction.

Both facilities promote alternative transportation methods to reduce the organization’s overall carbon footprint. Bike stations and bus routes are available to employees, as well as several electric car charging stations. Whirlpool has also set aside several dozen priority parking spots for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Whirlpool’s commitment to sustainability continues beyond the completion of construction. The Riverview Campus will serve as an example of green building practices and as a tool to inform and educate consumers and other companies.

Whirlpool has 93,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world, with annual sales about $21 billion. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. More at http://www.WhirlpoolCorp.com.

Superior Industries Shipments Hit Record, But Profits Plunge On Acquisition

SOUTHFIELD — Superior Industries International Inc. (NYSE:SUP), the global manufacturer of aluminum wheels, reported a loss of $7.3 million or 41 cents a share in the quarter ended June 25, compared to net income of $13.2 million or 52 cents a share a year earlier.

Revenue was $240.6 million, up from $182.7 million a year earlier.

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Gentherm Profits Dip On Auto Decline, Currency Losses

NORTHVILLE — Gentherm Inc. (Nasdaq: THRM), the thermal management technology developer, posted net income of $8.5 million or 23 cents a share in the second quarter, down from $18.4 million or 50 cents a share a year earlier.

Revenue was $243.4 million, up 5 percent from $232.7 million a year earlier.

For the first six months of the year, net income was $33.9 million or 92 cents a share, up from $30.3 million or 83 cents a share in the first half of 2016. Revenue for the period was $492.6 million, up from $448.4 million in the first half of 2016.

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Lansing’s Cameron Tool Poised to Expand

LANSING – The City of Lansing and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) announced the expansion of long-time Lansing tool and metal die manufacturer Cameron Tool.

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Whirlpool Files Dumping Complaint Against LG, Samsung

BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool Corp., the Benton Harbor-based appliance manufacturer, announced it had filed a “safeguard petition” with the United States International Trade Commission.

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EnvisionTec Rolls Out LED Lighting For 3D Printer

DEARBORN — The 3D printer manufacturer EnvisionTec announced a new custom LED light system for its fourth-generation Perfactory 3D printer.

In development for more than a year, the new LED system is more powerful and efficient than other light projector systems on the market. The company says it offers a variety of benefits, such as lower operating costs and crisper black-white contrast between pixels, which means even better final part detail.

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Whirlpool Sales, Profits Up Slightly

BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR) reported first quarter net income of $153 million or $2.01 a share, up from $150 million or $1.92 a share in the first quarter of 2016.

Revenue was $4.79 billion, up from $4.62 billion a year earlier.

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State Support OK’d For Business Expansions, Flint Incubator

LANSING — The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved three grants to create a new business incubator in Flint and build new manufacturing plants in the Grand Rapids area and Port Huron.

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ABB Sells First Robot Manufactured In U.S.

AUBURN HILLS — The Zürich, Switzerland-based technology company  ABB has sold its first robot manufactured in the United States.

The IRB 2600 robot is the first to be produced at the ABB Auburn Hills plant, and was sold by ABB reseller CIM Systems Inc., based in Milan, Italy, to Hitachi Powdered Metals USA Inc. of Greensburg, Ind.

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