Whirlpool Through The Years
Date: 6/28/2012 Album ID: 1494776
Photos by Times Record File Photos
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The Whirlpool plant in Fort Smith closed June 29, 2012, after opening as Norge in 1962. Times Record File Photos / Copyright 2012, Times Record.
An advertisement in a 1962 edition of the Southwest American newspaper welcomes Norge to Fort Smith. Whirlpool bought the Norge plant in 1966.
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A 1962 article in the Southwest American newspaper details a public open house at the new Norge plant in Fort Smith. Whirlpool bought the plant in 1966.
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Whirlpool Corp. employees hold an informational picket in 1990 over disputed contract negotiations with the company. Declining product demand led to layoffs of 2,800 workers in 1989 from its peak of 5,200 earlier in the year, according to Times Record reports.
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Whirlpool Corp. employees in Fort Smith rally outside the company in 1990 as the union, then the Allied Industrial Workers Local 370, rejected contract negotiations that would lead to a 20-cent-an-hour wage cut. After three years, a contract was finally signed in 1993 between the company and the union.
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Director of the Arkansas Department of Labor James L. Salkeld gives Whirlpool employee Linda Kimes, safety co-chair and laborer on the line, a high five in July 2004 while presenting Whirlpool Corporation a first-ever Eleven Million Work Hours Safety Award at Whirlpool. Approximately 4,300 employees accumulated 11,008,114 work hours without a lost day away from work due to a work related injury or illness between March 10, 2003 and June 16, 2004.
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An overview of the new assembly and manufacturing area for a Whirlpool Gold 25-cubic-foot Counter Depth Refrigerator is seen in 1999 at the Whirlpool plant in Fort Smith.
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Employees leave the Whirlpool plant in Fort Smith during a December 2005 shift change.
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A lone vehicle sits in the employee parking area at Whirlpool Corp. plant in Fort Smith in October 2011 after Whirlpool  announced its upcoming closure of the Fort Smith refrigeration manufacturing plant.
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An employee walks from the parking lot to the Whirlpool plant in Fort Smith during a December 2005 shift change.
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The Fort Smith Whirlpool parking lot is seen Saturday, Nov., 15, 2003.
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Vehicles enter and leave an employee parking lot as the afternoon shift change begins at the Fort Smith Whirlpool plant in May 2007.
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The Whirlpool plant at 6400 Jenny Lind Road in Fort Smith is seen in December 2011.
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Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., speaks to the media in July 2010 at the local Whirlpool plant. Division Vice President Ken Thompson, rear, also spoke during the news conference after Lincoln toured the plant.
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The north parking lot at the Fort Smith Whirlpool plant sits empty in 2006 after announced job cuts.
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The sign in front of Whirlpool Corp. at 6400 Jenny Lind Road in Fort Smith is seen in February 2012.
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The Whirlpool plant at 6400 Jenny Lind Road in Fort Smith is seen in December 2011.
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Jeff Weaver with U.S. Rep. Mike Ross' office listens as Jeff Noel, communication and public affairs representative with Whirlpool, talks about a meeting at the plant in early 2012.
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Whirlpool employee Carol Brasher casts her vote in February 2012 at the union hall. Workers were voting on a severance package for employees losing their jobs when the Fort Smith plant closes this year.
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