Read Whirlpool's Complete Statement on Closing the Fort Smith Plant by Arkansas Business Staff Posted 10/27/2011 02:59 pm Updated 4 years ago The full statement from Whirlpool Corp. of Benton Harbor, Mich., on its decision to close its manufacturing plant in Fort Smith, which employs 1,000 people. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access stories older than 20 days. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.