Deb Gregory recently retired after 35 years with Whirlpool Corp. She was among the first female engineers hired at the Benton Harbor appliance maker and has relished in how the company has grown since the mid-1980s.

ST. JOSEPH — Deb Gregory loves to solve problems.

It’s what Gregory did for her job as a lead engineer at Whirlpool Corp. until she retired at the end of June.

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