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Whirlpool Corporation Completes Expansion of Manufacturing Facility in Argentina

Whirlpool Corporation announced the completion of its manufacturing facility expansion in La Tablada city, located in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. The development is part of a more than $20 million dollar investment plan, which began last year when the facility started manufacturing ranges. The facility will now also manufacture front load washing machines with Sense Inverter technology.

This investment will result in the addition of approximately 100 new and 300 indirect jobs.

“We’re thrilled this significant facility expansion will help us bring the latest innovations to the Argentine market faster, and allow us to hire top talent,” said Armando Valle Jr., Vice President of Whirlpool Latin America. “We’re also proud to be part of a milestone in Whirlpool Corporation history, adding Argentina to the company’s roster of facilities that already includes 70 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.”

This facility represents the completion of a two-year project to allow the company to bring its global platform and new innovation to this important market, and to customize those innovations to meet the needs of consumers in this region.

Nuni Tortilla Toaster Secures Production Funding

nuni tortilla toasterNuni Tortilla Toaster has secured funding for a first production run of the world’s first ever mass-market tortilla toaster. The Nuni Tortilla Toaster was introduced a year ago with a Kickstarter campaign. Since then, there have been numerous design iterations, electrical safety certifications, manufacturing pipeline arrangements, and capital acquisition.

For more information, or to pre-order, Orders for the first production run are scheduled to be delivered by Christmas 2017.


Broan Releases Under-Cabinet Range Hood Product Line

Broan® ’s new under-cabinet range hoods, featuring the Broan Captur System, allow consumers to enjoy new stylish, modern designs, advanced features all while benefiting from the most effective capture of smoke and odors of any range hood or over-the-range microwave in its class.

The new Broan under-cabinet range hoods provide consumers with a product line that blends perfectly with contemporary design appliances and adds to the kitchen aesthetic. Designed with consumer input, the new line meets homeowners’ every range hood need, including design, convenience and performance.

“Our new under-cabinet range hood line allows Broan to provide customers with the performance and the features they expect, all while keeping homeowner’s style needs in mind,” said Brian Wellnitz, Marketing Manager, Kitchen Ventilation, for Broan-NuTone. “We created a whole new range hood line with better overall performance, quiet operation and great long-lasting LED lighting. The main reason consumers buy a range hood is to remove smoke and odors. The new Broan range hoods, with the Captur™ System, deliver an average of 98.5 percent capture efficiency making them the best-in-class at quietly removing smoke and odors.”

The new range hood series is available in six fresh new shapes, pushing the design envelope of typical under-cabinet range hoodsyet complementing today’s kitchen style needs. The seven shapes include the Alta, Sahale, Glacier, Spire, Antero and Corteo models. The sculpted lines of Alta, Antero and Corteo offer a sophisticated, sleek look different than any typical range hood shape. The slim and refined lines of Sahale bring a refreshing change to kitchens, without detracting from kitchen design. The clean, contemporary shape of Glacier complements any kitchen aesthetic, modern or traditional. And Spire offers an exciting new pro-style shape with the option of ENERGY STAR rated efficiency.

Each range hood is designed to be quiet, while still providing the best capture efficiency in its class. And with performance up to 600 CFM, even the most serious cooks will appreciate the superior ventilation the series offers. Additionally, the high-flow filtration design enhances grease capture, improves airflow and reduces noise. Several styles of filters are offered including a unique hybrid baffle style filter providing greater filtering efficiency than standard baffle filters.

The EZ1 Installation system, which includes an exclusive bracket system designed specifically for the new range line, makes single-person installation easier than ever before because it eliminates the need to constantly hold onto the hood. Homeowners simply mount two brackets with no measuring or cutting, slide the hood on and make the connections and secure the hood with four screws. Installation takes less than half the time when compared to traditional methods.

State of the art LED lighting system provides bright, full-surface cooktop lighting. Designed and tested to operate in the heat of cooking environments, the LED lighting lasts longer without dimming than off-the-shelf LED lights. Broan’s new line also offers models with the control options consumers demand, from simple switches to sophisticated touch and infrared solutions.

Once cooking is done, maintenance is simple. The hood includes easy-to-clean, dishwasher-safe grease filters. The aluminum filters, with quick-release latches, capture air-borne particles and are easily removed for cleanup, meaning homeowners can put them in the dishwasher at the end of a long day and wake up to a clean and particle-free filter.

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Kitchen Design Trend Spotting from the Jenn-Air Design Advisory Council

Recently, the Jenn-Air brand tapped members of its Design Advisory Council (DAC) to gain insights into current design trends being incorporated in their kitchen designs. Several members of this accomplished group of design professionals from across the country shared thoughts on what ideas their clients are responding favorably to, requesting, and in some cases demanding, for this essential space.

According to members of the Jenn-Air Design Advisory Council, some of the latest kitchen design trends include functional items like kitchen islands designed to look more like furniture pieces and open shelving for displaying favorite items. Glass cabinets that allow for the display of beautiful items while also being beautiful themselves are back with a vengeance.

Panelists noticed a growing interest and demand for connected technology in the kitchen. Consumers also seem to be interested in investing in great interior storage accessories and the best appliances they can afford.

The new kitchen will have less stainless steel, and the new designs will incorporate more interior elements to make more of family room/ kitchen design concept. In the kitchen of the future, the traditional appliances will be more separated and more hidden.

The most prominent trend in kitchens is the increasing personalization of the appliances. Stainless steel is still popular, but many clients prefer to integrate it into the environment with custom cabinetry to hide the appliances. “My clients are still torn between gas and induction cooktops, and those with large kitchens and budgets often put in both. Double-ovens are giving way to two separate ovens, with at least one of these ovens being a combi-steam or a speed cook oven. Smaller appliances are being bought—whether for a second appliance, smaller spaces, or outside kitchen uses,” said designer Julia Johnston.

With the strengthening of the economy, consumers seem to be taking more risks with color. Although white cabinetry continues to be strong, because its timelessness is an absolutely safe choice, more consumers are interested in doing something a little bit different — a navy blue so dark as to be easily mistaken for black.

Consumers are asking for more black, more white, more lacquer, less finished wood. The very thin ceramics that look like precious marbles are trending. There are also many new quartzites available, and design clients are selecting statement pieces with very graphic and colorful patterns.

Miele Introduces New Elegant Gas on Glass Cooktops

miele-gas-on-glassMiele is introducing two new Gas on Glass cooktops. The sophisticated Gas on Glass cooktops, are designed for life: the configuration of both allows for even heat, easy clean-up and assured safety while cooking.

Available in 24-inch and 36-inch options, the black glass cooktops have a centally located control panel with stainless steel knobs. With Miele QuickStart technology, the rotary electronic controls switch the burners on without needing to press or hold the controls. Both cooktops also include Miele signature ComfortClean dishwasher-safe grates, made for easy pot and pan transfer between burners.

To ensure a safe cooking experience with each use, the GasStop & Restart feature will automatically re-ignite the flame if the flame withers while cooking. If the re-ignition fails, the gas supply is temporarily withdrawn for optimal safety.

KM 3010

The Miele KM 3010 24-inch Gas on Glass cooktop with stainless steel trim offers incredible cooking power with four sealed burners, designed for different heat levels. The high speed burner reaches 9,300 BTU while the simmer burner can reach as low as 3,750 BTU – ideal for simmering delicate ingredients such as chocolate or butter. The two standard burners reach 5,800 BTU and can be modified with minimal effort.

KM 3054

The Miele KM 3054 36-inch Gas on Glass cooktop provides additional power, featuring the same burners as the KM 3010 option with an additional Super (Wok) burner that can reach 16,500 BTU. This model also includes a timer and indicator lighting.

The cooktops retail for $1,199 (KM3010) and $1,999 (KM3054) and will be available for purchase through Miele authorized dealers.

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