Whirlpool is a public company that is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Founded in 1911 in St. Joseph, Michigan, the company now operates out of Benton Charter Township in Michigan. The largest appliance manufacturer in the world, Whirlpool produces a wide range of home appliances at eight factories in the U.S. and several more located abroad. Whirlpool manufactures washers and dryers, dishwashers, ranges, microwaves, range hoods, refrigerators, water filtration systems, central heating systems, water heaters, dehumidifiers and air purifiers. Their products are available at department stores and specialty chain stores as well as for direct purchase at Whirlpool.com.