Winnebago Eyes Leasing Former Cummins Plant
Although Winnebago Industries Inc. is considering leasing a former Cummins Inc. facility in Lake Mills, Iowa, for production, the move is still in preliminary stages, said Sheila Davis, public relations/investor relations manager.
“No final decisions have been made about our expansion to Lake Mills or as to what type of work will be relocated to that facility as yet,” Davis said on Friday (Nov. 8).
The Mason City Globe Gazette reported that the former Cummins facility is owned by the city of Lake Mills. The city bought the 100,000-square-foot plant in the spring of 2012. Cummins manufactured cartridge-style filters for the mining industry in the plant. Cummins laid off about 400 people from late 2009 into 2010 before the facility closed.
Winnebago would lease the facility from the city, according to a story in the Lake Mills Graphic. A public hearing in Lake Mills on the planned Winnebago expansion to the facility has been set for Nov. 12.
Winnebago CEO and president Randy Potts told the Graphic the company would bring 50 jobs to Lake Mills within one year.
“We’re terribly glad that Winnebago Industries is coming to Lake Mills,” said Lake Mills Mayor David Steffens. “They are one of the best corporate citizens that we could bring to the community.”
“We like the idea of having a presence in Lake Mills, because it will expand our ability to draw from a wider range for our labor pool,” Potts said.