Sector: Appliances

Market Overview: Growth in housing starts and retrofits stand to have a positive impact on the sale of more energy efficient appliances over the next several years, with revenue expected from their sales expected to rise at 1.1 percent per year to more than $16.5 billion through 2020.

Many large appliance—such as refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, washer/dryers and ranges—have traditionally been, and continue to be, manufactured in the United States with high domestic content by both foreign and domestically owned companies. However, some foreign owned companies still build and ship large appliances from overseas despite the amount of U.S.-based appliance manufacturing. Small appliances—like microwaves, dehumidifiers, and humidifiers—are made exclusively outside the United States.

The appliances market is very mature. As consumers prefer established brands there is little space for new companies to enter the market. In contrast to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) market, the concentration of large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the appliance industry is very high, with the top four companies accounting for more than 75 percent of industry revenue in 2016. One U.S.-owned OEM – Whirlpool – has almost 40 percent of the market. However, imports are expected to grow as a segment of appliance purchases in the coming years given rising input costs (such as steel and plastic) and a stronger dollar.

All of the major appliance manufacturers are committed to innovation in the market, especially as a way to attract new customers. Smart appliances, which operate during optimal times when energy is most abundant and the cheapest, are growing in popularity even if they require the use of a smart meter. Products like tankless water heaters—traditionally manufactured by Asian OEMs—are in demand in the United States and increasingly being made domestically by U.S.-owned companies, including Bradford White and American Water Heaters. Control systems manufactured overseas have limited assembly/finishing in the United States while those manufactured by companies based here have high domestic content. Companies face continual pricing pressures as a growing number of competitors introduce more technologically advanced systems.

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Company Location
Star Thermoplastics Alloys & Rubber Inc. Broadview, Illinois
Sub-Zero Group Inc. Goodyear, Arizona
Sub-Zero Group Inc. Fitchburg, Wisconsin
Sub-Zero Group Inc. Madison, Wisconsin
Summit Appliance Division Bronx, New York
SunEarth Inc. Fontana, California
Surface Igniter LLC Maryville, Tennessee
Tankless Inc. Sarasota, Florida
TE Connectivity Jonestown, Pennsylvania
TE Connectivity Fremont, California
TE Connectivity Andover, Minnesota
TE Connectivity Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Teel Plastics Inc. Baraboo, Wisconsin
Tesa SE Charlotte, North Carolina
Tesa SE Sparta, Michigan
Thermal Products Company Inc. Norcross, Georgia
Thermik Corporation New Bern, North Carolina
Toagosei America West Jefferson, Ohio
Total Refrigeration Gaskets Inc. Apopka, Florida
Tower Manufacturing Corporation Providence, Rhode Island
Tri-Tec Corporation Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Tricomp Inc. Pompton Plains, New Jersey
True Residential O'Fallon, Missouri
TSG Inc. Americus, Georgia
Turbotec Products Newton, North Carolina
Twinplex Stamping Company Wood Dale, Illinois
U-line Milwaukee, Wisconsin
U.S. Boiler Company Inc. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Unifrax Tonawanda, New York
Unifrax New Carlisle, Indiana
Unifrax Tonawanda, New York
Unifrax Sanborn, New York
Unifrax Specialty Fibers Summerville, South Carolina
United States Steel Corporation Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Universal Metal Products Pharr, Texas
Universal Metal Products Wickliffe, Ohio
Universal Metal Products Pemberville, Ohio
Vacuform Inc. Sebring, Ohio
Valspar Corporation Sacramento, California
Valspar Corporation Statesville, North Carolina
Valspar Corporation Moline, Illinois
Valspar Corporation High Point, North Carolina
Valspar Corporation Minneapolis, Minnesota
Valspar Corporation Rockford, Illinois
Valspar Corporation Rochester, Pennsylvania
Valspar Corporation Covington, Georgia
Valspar Corporation Louisville, Kentucky
Valspar Corporation Garland, Texas
Vaughn Thermal Corporation Salisbury, Massachusetts
Viking Range LLC Greenwood, Mississippi