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Whirlpool Amana Goes Greener

AMANA, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - A Corridor company is going more eco-friendly. On Wednesday, Whirlpool's Amana Division announced a new way of making its refrigerators and freezers. The change is set to cut back the companys environmental footprint.

It's a change that's thanks to a partnership with Honeywell. The companies are coming together to improve Whirlpool's appliances. Whirlpool plans to adapt a Honeywell product called Solstice. Solstice is a liquid blowing agent that goes into insulation in US refrigerators and freezers.

Whirlpool will be the first home appliance manufacturer to put the product to use. The company says they'll now have a reduced effect on global warming by 99.9 percent when compared to other foam blowing agents in other refrigerators.

It's a step that some say is beneficial for Iowa's future.

I think, at the end of the day, that this, like many of the other things that they're implementing, all the green initiatives, is going to relate to more jobs, and that's putting Iowans to work, and of course, we do think that's very important, Debi Durham with the Iowa Economic Development Authority said.

Tim White, The VP of Operations for Whirlpool Amana agreed.

If we have product leadership and we have the best products in the marketplace that bodes well for the future of this plant and the sustainability of this plant with the continued investment from Whirpool, White said.

White added that the company plans to have their entire plant converted to use the new blowing agent by the second quarter of this 2014.
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