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Winnebago Announces Cuts, 171 Laid Off

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August 29, 2005 by   Leave a Comment

Winnebago Industries Inc. has laid off 4.5% of its workforce at its four Iowa plants, blaming a softening recreational vehicle market.
According to the Quad City Times, the Forest City-based motorhome marker announced the layoffs earlier this month, but officials didn’t know how many workers would be affected.
Spokeswoman Kelli Harms said 171 workers were laid off. A handful of layoffs happened in the past few weeks, but most took place on Friday (Aug. 26).
The majority were at the company’s main plant in Forest City, with others at plants in Charles City, Hampton and Lorimor.
Harms said the layoffs are classified as temporary, with no immediate timeline for calling workers back
Peak employment at Winnebago reached 4,200 last summer and included almost 3,200 workers at the company’s flagship plant in Forest City.

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