READING, PA - Whirlpool Corporation's regional distribution center in Perris, Calif., operated by Penske Logistics, earned certification and a top rating of 93.6 percent from the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). The certification and rating indicate the facility follows industry best operational practices.

The 1.7 million-square-foot facility earned its certification through the WERC Warehouse Facility Certification program. The voluntary program offers an unbiased, professional review of warehousing practices that includes a facility inspection and process assessment by an independent auditor against an industry-standard grading methodology.

"Whirlpool expects high standards from its suppliers, and this is just another independent indication of the high-quality service Penske provides," said Kevin O'Meara, Whirlpool Senior Director of Supply Chain Operations. "We are thrilled to see Penske be recognized for their warehouses processes and execution and congratulate the entire Penske team on this great accomplishment." 

"From the very beginning, Penske and Whirlpool approached the certification program as partners," stated Michael Mikitka, WERC Chief Executive Officer. "It was no surprise to see their commitment to their partnership come through in the best practices exhibited in their Perris, Calif. facility."

"We are very pleased to be recognized by WERC and to be among the early third-party logistics providers to go through this certification process," said Terry Miller, Executive Vice President - Operations, Penske Logistics. "I especially congratulate our associates for their efforts and performance to rank the Perris facility among the industry's best."