Friday, August 5, 2011


Darke Co. Ohio— Boil up a kettle of rain water in the backyard. Shave off a cake of lye soap. Scrub your stained laundry on a board. Boil clothing, bedding and rags in the kettle, pull them out with a broomstick, wrench by hand, press with starch made from flour and hang on the fence or spread on the grass to dry.

All you have to do is imagine what a chore it was to do laundry 100 years ago and you’ll get a whole new sense of appreciation for Whirlpool’s 100th Year Celebration. Darke County’s biggest employer will reach that milestone November 11th. Community Blood Center is partnering in the celebration with its “Darke County Days” blood drives held during the 100 days leading up to the Whirlpool anniversary, culminating with one lucky blood donor taking home a free Whirlpool washer and dryer.

We sometimes take the luxury of a washer and dryer for granted, just as we count on our hospitals to always have a complete supply of blood available if and when we need it. CBC and Whirlpool want Darke County Days to represent 100 days of giving the gift of life, as well as a celebration of American innovation, manufacturing and local jobs.

“Whirlpool is very excited to partner with our local Community Blood Center to celebrate Whirlpool’s 100th year through supporting such an important local drive,” said Plant Leader Bill Good of the KitchenAid Division in Greenville. “The communities within Darke County are vital to the success of Whirlpool, Greenville and this is a great opportunity for us to give back to the communities that have supported us for many years. Please join us in support of this very important event.”

Anyone who registers to donate at Darke County blood drives between August 2 and November 10 will be automatically entered in the drawing for the Darke County Days grand prize of a new Whirlpool washer and dryer. The drawing will take place November 11th during the centennial celebration at Whirlpool’s Greenville plant. Registered donors will also have a chance to win eight KitchenAid small appliances.

Whirlpool has been manufacturing KitchenAid mixers, blenders and other products at the former Hobart plant in Greenville since 1986 and has 900 employees.

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services® is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 24 hospitals within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services®, visit

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