Benton Harbor — Michigan is giving Benton Harbor- based Whirlpool tax credits for a building project that will keep the company in Berrien County.Tina Barnett of Warsaw has a Good Question: "How can Whirpool, who moved jobs to Mexico, get a tax break?"
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm came to Benton Harbor this week to celebrate and with news of a gift.
Whirlpool is keeping its corporate headquarters in Benton Harbor and building a new campus on Main Street.
For Michigan's part, the state is giving the company a more than $19 million tax credit over five years.
Whirlpool recently closed its refrigerator-making plant in southern Indiana. More than 1,000 Whirlpool manufacturing jobs have been lost in Indiana and moved to Mexico.
On a recent trip we made to South Bend's Work One office, it wasn't hard to find a now-unemployed worker who lost his job to cheaper foreign labor.