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Whirlpool closing call center

Appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. is closing one of its three U.S. contact centers because of a decreasing number of calls received from customers needing assistance. Get the full story »

Whirlpool opens showcase center downtown

Whirlpool Corp., hoping to spur sales of its appliances to designers and architects, is opening on Tuesday a showcase center in downtown Chicago called “The World of Whirlpool.’’

Josh Gitlin, Whirlpool sales director of training and development, said the idea is to show products in action to designers, architects and the media year around, without having to wait for trade shows where the company might only get a few minutes with potential customers. Get the full story »

GE revenue sinks 18%, profit misses

General Electric Co. reported a sharper-than-expected drop in revenue on slack demand for heavy equipment, casting doubts about the pace of the U.S. recovery from the worst economy since the Great Depression.

The largest U.S. conglomerate’s 5.1 percent decline in sales overshadowed better-than-expected profit and sent GE shares down 3 percent in premarket trading on Friday as some investors took it as another sign that the economic recovery is faltering. Get the full story »

Fines issued for refrigerator-part price fixing

The Justice Department said Thursday that Panasonic and Embraco, a Whirlpool subsidiary, are being fined more than $140 million for price fixing refrigerator parts. Get the full story »

Early bird gets today’s appliance rebates

By Kristin Samuelson and Julie Wernau | If you missed your opportunity in April to take advantage of the government rebates on new energy-efficient appliances, today’s your lucky day. But you better move fast.

The state of Illinois is offering consumers approximately $3 million in rebate money to replace their old clothes washer, dishwasher, freezer, or refrigerator with a new Energy Star qualified model at participating stores starting at 8 a.m. Friday. The rebates will provide a 15 percent discount (up to $250) on the appliances, but you have to act fast because the rebate program will stop once the funding runs out.

Second Illinois appliance rebate program Sept. 24

From the Chicago Sun-Times | Using federal stimulus money, Illinois will again offer residents 15 percent rebates on new Energy Star-rated major appliances, such as freezers and diswashers, up to $250 per item.

The program starts at 8 a.m. Sept 24 and is first-come, first-serve until the money runs out likely within the day. Shoppers in the first rebate program in April claimed $6.2 million in rebates within 11 hours. Get the full story>>