Newton, Iowa: Maytag Repairman Statue

Bronze statue of the unneeded TV commercial Maytag Repairman, napping on a park bench. Newton was the home of the Maytag factory.
Address:
301 S. 11th Ave. W., Newton, IA
Directions:
Drive south on W. 3rd St. until you enter Maytag Park. Keep driving until you see the swimming pool on the right. The statue is between the road and the pool.
Hours:
Gated park, open daily 5am-11pm.
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Maytag Repairman.

Maytag Repairman Statue

There's a statue of the sleeping Maytag Repairman in Maytag Park. The Maytag Repairman was a figure in TV commercials. He was always bored and sleeping because Maytag appliances were so reliable that they didn't break down, so nobody ever called the Maytag Repairman.

The unfortunate irony is that the Maytag plant in Newton closed in 2007, idling about 1,700 workers.

[Steve Schrader, 12/05/2018]

The statue, named "Ol' Lonely," was unveiled in the same year that the plant shut down.

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