BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool Corp. said Wednesday that it is introducing a freestanding range to its growing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant appliance offering.

With more than 150 ADA-compliant Whirlpool brand appliances to choose from, builders have numerous options for creating accessible Whirlpool kitchen appliance suites.

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“Whether it’s a multi- or single-family, new or remodeled project, Whirlpool brand has the ADA-compliant and universal design-focused appliances to make the kitchen functional for all,” said Terri Connett, senior manager of contract marketing and design at Whirlpool. “The addition of this new Whirlpool range to the brand’s lineup of ADA-compliant slide-in and drop-in ranges, refrigerators, dishwashers and other appliances, allows building professionals to create appealing, fully functional kitchens that are accessible to everyone, including those with limited mobility.”

Available in black and white, the 4.8 cu. ft. capacity standard clean freestanding electric coil range has an easy-to-clean one-piece steel console. Other features include two 8-inch elements, two 6-inch elements and an extra-large oven window to monitor cooking progress. Additionally, controls on the front of the range feature easier-to-view labeling 48 percent larger than similar Whirlpool brand models.

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ADA-compliant appliances, including the new freestanding range, meet accessibility guidelines established by the ADA to make daily activities easier for those with limited mobility. Prime examples include: appliances that have handles, buttons and graphics located on the front, positioned closer to the user; appliances with labeling that is larger for easier visibility; ovens with large windows; and drawer dishwashers.

Whirlpool is the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of more than $18 billion in 2010, 71,000 employees, and 66 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.  The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world.

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