Friday, April 18, 2008



RV Business
Friday, April 18, 2008

Winnebago Industries Inc.'s plants will shut down next week, a spokesperson for the Forest City, Iowa-based motorhome manufacturer confirmed Friday (April 18).

The Forest City Summit reported that the shutdown will impact all three plants in Forest City, Hampton and Charles City, although one line will remain open in Charles City, Kelli Harms said.

"We have to make adjustments on what the market is telling us," she said. "The RV market is slow right now."

Harms said the company makes productions adjustments daily, but fuel prices and other factors are currently hurting sales.

"Interest rates have come down but we haven't seen that translating," she said.

The shutdown comes about a month after Winnebago announced it laid off 200 employees. Harms said no other layoffs have taken place since.

Around 3,000 people work at the three plants. Employee benefits will continue next week, but workers won't be paid. Harms said employees can choose to collect unemployment for the week.

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