Meritage Homes, currently the seventh-largest public home builder in the country, has renewed its exclusive agreement with Whirlpool Corporation, which became effective as of June 1, 2016. Under this agreement, Meritage will continue to feature Amana®, Whirlpool®, Maytag®, KitchenAid® and Jenn-Air® brand home appliances in its new homes nationwide.

"We are pleased to continue our partnership for another four years with Meritage, which is known for creating homes that have a distinctive style, quality construction and remarkable energy efficiency," said Bob Bergeth, general manager of Contract Builder Sales at Whirlpool Corporation, in a release. "It was a huge honor to be part of Meritage's great achievements this year, and we look forward to providing our industry-leading, energy-efficient appliances to help Meritage continue its incredible growth."

In the second half of 2016, during the initial period of the renewed four-year contract, Meritage reached two major milestones – the delivery of its 100,000th new home, and the unveiling of its LiVE.NOW new home brand, which is aimed at the growing first-time home buyer market.

The company has also received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award every year since 2013.

"Our goal is for buyers to experience a Life.Built.Better. in a Meritage home, and Whirlpool Corporation appliances play a vital role in that," added Steven J. Hilton, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Meritage Homes. "Whirlpool is an industry leader and innovator providing high quality products designed to enrich their customers' lives, which aligns with our mission."'