After 50 Years, Whirlpool Plant In Arkansas Closes
For almost 50 years workers have filed into the Whirlpool's plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas to build refrigerators, freezers and other home appliances. But after months of layoffs, Whirlpool announced plans to close the Fort Smith plant altogether. And that means more than 1,000 people will lose their jobs. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders, who worked at Whirlpool for more than 30 years, about how the shutdown will affect the city.