BENTON HARBOR – As a manufacturer with a reputation for skating the cutting edge of technology, Whirlpool Corp. leverages relationships with organizations and researchers globally to uncover emerging technology capable of transforming its operations.

The Benton Harbor-based appliance manufacturer can look closer to home to find these emerging technologies thanks to an Industry 4.0 accelerator program created last year, a collaboration of three Michigan-based, manufacturing technology-focused entities.


Whirlpool is the only West Michigan-based corporate partner for the Industry 4.0 accelerator program, which is powered by Troy-based resource center Automation Alley, Jackson-based manufacturing technology accelerator Lean Rocket Lab, and Lawrence Technological University’s Centrepolis Accelerator.

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