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Encyclopedia > Winnebago Industries
Winnebago industries Inc.
Type Public (NYSEWGO)
Founded Forest City, Iowa, USA (February 12, 1958)
Headquarters Forest City, Iowa, USA
Industry Motor vehicles
Website www.winnebagoind.com

Winnebago Industries Inc., (NYSEWGO), is the leading manufacturer of motor homes, otherwise known as recreational vehicles or RVs, in the United States. [1] It is based in Forest City, Iowa. A public company usually refers to a company which is permitted to offer its securities (stock, bonds, etc. ... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... Forest City is a city located in Iowa. ... February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Web site (or colloquially, Website) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible via HTTP... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... Recreational Vehicle (RV) is a broad term used to describe a large enclosed piece of equipment with wheels designed to be moved from place to place for people to temporarily live in and be protected from the elements while away from their permanent domicile. ... A camper built on a light truck chassis. ... Recreational Vehicle (RV) is a broad term used to describe a large enclosed piece of equipment with wheels designed to be moved from place to place for people to temporarily live in and be protected from the elements while away from their permanent domicile. ... Forest City is a city located in Iowa. ...


The brand has become so popular, that many still refer to recreational vehicles, and in particular motor homes, using the generic term, "Winnebago."

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Corporate History

The company was founded in February 1958 by businessman John K. Hanson in Forest City, which is located in Winnebago County, Iowa. At the time, the town was undergoing an economic downturn, and Hanson and a group of community leaders convinced a California firm, Modernistic Industries, to open a travel trailer factory, in a bid to revive the local economy. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Forest City is a city located in Iowa. ... Winnebago County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. ... A travel trailer or caravan is a small trailer in which people can live and travel simultaneously. ...


Surviving a rough beginning, the entire operation was purchased by five Midwesterners, with Hanson serving as president. In 1960 the name of the company was changed to Winnebago Industries.


To improve quality, Winnebago Industries manufactured furniture and other components designed specifically for its travel trailers. One such innovation was the "Thermo-Panel," which was a strong, lightweight sidewall that was a characteristic of Winnebago products.


In 1966 the first motor home rolled off the Winnebago Industries assembly lines. These motor homes were priced to sell - at approximately half what was being charged for competitors’ models. With the combination of innovative designs, and an improved price point attractive to consumers, Winnebago pioneered the RV industry.


In 1970 Winnebago Industries moved to a new and expanded manufacturing facility, and the company began being listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Going public proved to be a winning strategy: in 1971 the stock appreciated 462 percent, that year's record for biggest percentage increase. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ...


Older Winnebago RV's are often recognizable by the painted "w" on the side of the vehicle, with a stripe that connects the front and back of the camper. The campers are ubiquitous vacation vehicles and it's hard not to spot one in most campgrounds in the U.S.


As gas prices went up over time, the company made smaller models available, which are often referred to as "Minnie Winnies" and have a front chassis based on a van or other light truck vehicle.


As of 1977 Winnebago Industries built its 100,000th unit - the first RV manufacturer to reach that production level.


The company continued to grow in the 1980s. In 1986, the company celebrated 20 years of motor home production, and appeared on the Fortune 500 list of corporations, at a ranking of 340. The Fortune 500 is a ranking of the top 500 United States corporations as measured by gross revenue. ...


2007 Models

The 2007 line up of Winnebago recreational vehicles includes the following models:


View Aspect Access Outlook Vista Sightseer Voyage Adventurer Journey Tour Vectra


Winnebago vehicles in popular culture

A Winnebago appears in the 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain, and is made to fly in a memorable sequence. A spacecraft made from a RV that is a Winnebago appears in the Mel Brooks spoof Spaceballs. In the comedy Christmas Vacation, actor Randy Quaid's character and his family arrive in a somewhat beat-up Winnebago at the house of the character played by Chevy Chase, just in time for Christmas. Also, on MTV's Road Rules, contestants on the road trip show in one season drove around the country in a Winnebago with a set of cow horns on the front. theatrical poster (1975) Escape to Witch Mountain was originally a science fiction novel written by Alexander Key in 1968. ... Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky on May 9, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American actor, writer, director and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... Spaceballs is a science fiction spoof film written by, directed by, and starring Mel Brooks. ... National Lampoons Christmas Vacation is a movie from 1989. ... Chevy Chase (born Cornelius Crane Chase on October 8, 1943) is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. ... Road Rules, MTVs second reality show, debuted on July 19, 1995. ...


See also

Jack Rebney, the "Winnebago Man." Jack Rebney, also known as The Worlds Angriest RV Salesman, The Angriest Man In The World, or simply, Winnebago Man, is the subject of an internet phenomenon, for a collection of outtakes from an industrial film he made for Winnebago Industries in 1988. ...


 
 

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