From a friend of Benton Harbor:
I went on line to find out what brands Whirlpool owns so I'd make certain not to buy one. It looks like they now own all but Frigidaire and GE in the US. At least of major brands. A salesman told me they stopped selling Maytag when Whirlpool bought it 12 years ago because the quality had gone down so much. Maytag washing machines and dryers previously lasted 30 years and now, with Whirlpool manufacturing, only last 6!!