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We take a look inside the KitchenAid factory

KitchenAid stand mixers have been painted and assembled in this Greenville, Ohio, factory since the 1940s.

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Ashlee Clark Thompson

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The parts roll in

About 1,200 workers paint and assemble KitchenAid stand mixers in a factory in Greenville, Ohio, which is about two hours north of Cincinnati. 

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Paint job

Workers sand each mixer piece and hang them on racks. Machines wash and dry the parts before they enter the paint room. Spray nozzles powder coat the pieces with one of more than 80 colors still in rotation at KitchenAid.

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Time for inspection

The racks carry the mixer pieces through an oven where the paint cures. Then, workers inspect each piece to find flaws in the powder coat. 

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Another run through the paint room

If anyone finds an imperfection on mixer parts, they go in bins like this. Workers will later re-sand them and send them through the paint room again for a new coat.

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The rejects

These pieces have imperfections, so they'll get sanded and painted again.

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Time for assembly

Employees organize the parts onto carts and roll them over to the assembly line.

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Organization

Each cart holds the same parts in the same color.

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The lines

There are seven assembly lines dedicated to putting together the classic stand mixer.

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Piece by piece

Workers prepare mixer parts for the assembly line.

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Down the line

The pieces roll slowly down the line as employees build the motor for the mixer.

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A little extra attention

Some mixers in progress get pulled from the line if they need some tweaking.

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Motor gets the once over

After inspection, these parts will return to the line.

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A mixer carousel

Pieces of what will become the mixer section that houses the motor wait to return to the assembly line.

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Coming together

A KitchenAid employee works on a mixer's pedestal.

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Finishing touches

Other components that are added to the mixer during assemble include the appropriate plug based on if its shipping in the US or internationally.

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Finished product

Workers will box this mixer, along with its instruction manual and additional beaters. They send completed products to KitchenAid's distribution center for shipping.

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