WHR Renews Exclusive Appliance Deal With One of Largest Homebuilders in USA

A new three-year deal crafted this week will assure that one of the nation's largest homebuilders will continue to provide Whirlpool Corporation appliances exclusively in their projects from coast to coast.

KB Home and Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool revealed the extension of that exclusive appliance collaboration for the next three years.

The agreement builds on more than 25 years of collaboration between the two major companies. As a result, homes in all newly constructed KB Home communities will continue to be outfitted with Whirlpool and KitchenAid brand appliances, exclusively.

KB Home is an industry leader in sustainability, building innovative and highly energy- and water-efficient new homes. Since its founding more than 60 years ago, the company has built nearly 600,000 homes for families from coast to coast.

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Dan Bridleman is Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Technology and Strategic Sourcing at KB Home. He says, "KB Home is committed to delivering well-designed homes and outstanding customer service to our homebuyers." He adds, "We are proud to continue our partnership with Whirlpool Corporation, which helps us fulfill our mission to serve our customers with exceptional products and services."

Whirlpool offers KB Home a strategically crafted portfolio of brands based on consumer insights and more than 100 years of experience in the appliance industry. In addition to offering Whirlpool and/or KitchenAid brand appliances in each home, certain Whirlpool appliances will be available as options in the builder's new KB Smart Home offerings.

The flagship brand of the company, Whirlpool brand, helps families thrive through connectivity and purposeful innovations that sense and adapt to the way they live. KB calls KitchenAid "The ideal choice for homeowners passionate about their culinary creations and looking to upgrade their appliance experience. The brand delivers the superior performance home chefs need with the design appeal they desire."

Kelly Safis is General Manager of Contract Builder Sales at Whirlpool. Safis says, "We deeply value our two-decade partnership with KB Home and are honored to continue providing them with exceptional services and products," and adds, "They share our excitement for purposeful innovations and we look forward to leveraging our insights and strategies to help KB Home continue its incredible growth."

For more information about KB Home, visit www.KBHome.com. For more information about Whirlpool Corporation, its portfolio of brands and other offerings for building industry professionals, visit www.WhirlpoolPro.com.

As one of the largest homebuilders in the nation, KB Home operates in 35 markets in seven states, primarily serving first-time and first move-up homebuyers, as well as active adults. They are differentiated in offering customers the ability to personalize what they value most in their home, from choosing their lot, floor plan, and exterior, to selecting design and décor choices in the KB Home Studios.

KB says, "In addition, our industry leadership in sustainability helps to lower the cost of homeownership for our buyers compared to a typical resale home. We take a broad approach to sustainability, encompassing energy efficiency, water conservation, healthier indoor environments, smart home capabilities and waste reduction."

KB Home is the first national builder to have earned awards under all of the U.S. EPA's homebuilder programs — ENERGY STAR, WaterSense, and Indoor airPLUS.