Why Whirlpool bought Maytag

Why Whirlpool bought Maytag
Date May 30, 2006
Section(s) Opinion
To the Editor:

The vote (recently) on the $70 billion tax relief bill for corporate America was generally split down party lines. The Republicans passed it in both houses. California Representative Drier (R) bragged that he was born to cut taxes. He was oh so proud. The spiel — “This tax relief was badly needed because, to keep this great economy booming, corporate America needs that extra money for research and development and to expand and to hire more people to work in that expansion, etc., etc.”

Well, people of Newton, Iowa, certainly understand that Republican reasoning. We know now that Whirlpool bought Maytag to create more jobs. Whoops. I mean Whirlpool bought Maytag because they needed to add a good, hard-working workforce. Whoops. I mean they spent their hard-earned tax relief to buy up jobs and kill them (the jobs). Well, at least they spent their hard-earned tax relief on facilities. Whoops. I mean they bought the outdated Maytag facilities as leverage to get our governor to build greatly needed updated facilities. Whoops. Wrong again. Whirlpool has no use for any new facilities.

Well, research and development is vital to any company; number one reason Republicans give for needed tax relief. This must be the reason Whirlpool bought Maytag. Whoops. Wrong again. Maytag‘s R and D lagged behind Whirlpool’s. No need for last century’s technology.

So what did Whirlpool buy with their hard-earned tax relief windfall? Than answer is obvious. The only thing Whirlpool didn’t have was Maytag‘s market share.

I’ll quit with the sarcasm and be blunt. Whirlpool didn’t acquire Maytag, they killed Maytag. Maytag could have been sold to the investment group that planned to fix mismanagement and resell Maytag as a viable company. It wasn’t because then current management would not have been able to plunder and vote themselves millions of dollars.

Now, Maytag‘s market share, along with its jobs and facilities, can be buried and disappear. The only thing to reappear in Whirlpool’s pocket is Maytag‘s market share.

Thank God for Republican tax relief. Whoops. More sarcasm.

Stuart Allspach



10 Responses to “Why Whirlpool bought Maytag”

  1. Rick Millward Says:

    Too bad the market share is more important than the labor that built it!

  2. Steam Showers Says:

    Whirlpool baths…

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  3. Tony Says:

    Maytag sucks.

    I just bought a commercial machine 6 months ago and it is stuffed!

  4. R. K. Waldron Says:

    Maytag now is Whirlpool Junk. Whirlpool has always been an appliance that I have avoided because of reliability issues. Now they have bought Maytag, one of the most reliable washing machines on the market and now sell their whirlpool junk with a Maytag nameplate on it. They effectively eliminated the third Largest competitor. Where was the US commerce department that allowed a merger that substantially reduced competition. This was restraint of trade and we have laws against that!! Merger should have never been allowed. Where are those American jobs now. Outsourced to China of Course. Maytag quality is gone, but the nameplate only livew on.

    • J. McGowan Says:

      Right on about the Whirpool and Maytag.Maytag was one of the longest lasting washers made with least maintenance and repairs.

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  9. Fred Says:

    After about 25 years I needed some repairs done to my Maytag Dryer.The old guy from Maytag(the lonely guy)had retired and the new guy is riding a horse called Dodo.(like the bird) Since I could not find a Maytag Repair guy I had to take on who turned out to be a wannabe repairguy.He replaced some part charged me 300 $ and 3 months later the machine quitt again.
    The reason I write this letter is that probably nobody reads the letter anyway is the following.
    Maytag and Speedqueen used to have a service that is now history.
    When you bought a machine from them the had a disassembly and reassembly service.Because their machines are 27 inches wide and a lot of basement stairs where only 24 or less.Great idea.But no longer available.
    No wonder foreign machines are outselling formerly made in America machines.

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