Burlington, Iowa-based antenna supplier Winegard Co. claimed a significant national award for surpassing 1 million injury-free work hours at its facilities. According to a press release, no work time has been lost due to injuries in more than a year for the antenna manufacturer that proudly makes its antennas in the U.S.A.
The National Safety Council recognized Winegard for notable performance in occupational safety and health with the Million Work Hours Award. This award recognizes the achievement of one million consecutive work hours without an occupational injury or illness resulting in days away from work or death.
“It took a tremendous amount of teamwork to achieve this award,” said Vic Kohlhof Winegard safety director. “Only a very few elite companies ever achieve such a phenomenal goal and we’re proud to be one of them. I’d like to express our gratitude to everyone at the company for their commitment to our safety programs, from all the team members to the hiring manager.”
“Safety compliance and an accident-free workplace allow Winegard to keep costs down,” added Kohlhof. “It allows us to provide our customers with the lowest-total-cost-products made by skilled, experienced workers in the U.S. enabling Winegard to be competitive in the global marketplace.”
To learn more about Winegard, visit www.winegard.com or call 800-288-8094.
Winegard Company has been awarded a national “Well Workplace” Award by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) based on the company’s workplace wellness initiatives. Dr. Denise Baker, director of organization development and IT, accepted the award at a ceremony in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 20.
“What makes this award so special is that it embodies (CEO) Randy Winegard’s personal and corporate values towards wellness and quality of life,” said Baker. “His support has been key to our success in improving individual health, increasing productivity and reducing healthcare costs.”
In determining its awards, WELCOA evaluates seven benchmarks on how a company’s wellness programs measure up, including capturing CEO support, creating cohesive wellness teams, collecting data to drive health efforts, crafting an operating plan, choosing appropriate interventions, creating a supportive environment and consistently evaluating outcomes. Winegard Company, a manufacturer of antenna products for both satellite and over-the-air multi-media signal reception based in Burlington, Iowa, scored 175.76 out of 180 possible points.
Winegard established its employee wellness program initiative in 2008, starting with a health assessment of all employees that, in the process, pointed to a number of employees who had significant treatable health issues. Winegard’s wellness program covers such things as gym reimbursements, onsite educational seminars, onsite exercise classes and healthy choices in vending machines. For employees or spouses that fall into the high risk category, Winegard provides an intense, physician-directed healthy living clinic.
“One of the surprises to us was that we underestimated the big boost in employee morale,” said Baker. “Employees really valued that we were investing in them. And, the investment has paid off by contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the bottom line.”
The Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) installed Aaron Engberg of Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Co. as the 2011-2012 executive board president at the organization’s annual conference held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Huntington Beach, Calif.
“Winegard has been a loyal supporter of RVAA for many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to lead this important organization,” said Engberg, director of sales for mobile products for Winegard, in a press release. “Open communication and strong participation are vital to RVAA’s success and will be my focus. Ultimately, we all share the same vision of making the aftermarket more efficient and profitable today and tomorrow.”
During the past three years Engberg has served on the RVAA executive board, helping develop key marketing initiatives to include a new website and both monthly and quarterly newsletters. In addition, he contributed to the ‘Aftermarket Best Practices’ guidelines designed to standardize communications between suppliers and vendors.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Heartland RV has partnered with Winegard Co. to prewire for TRAV’LER antennas on two of its 2012 models; the Bighorn and Landmark.
“Heartland RV chose to prewire for TRAV’LER antennas because Winegard has earned a solid reputation in the RV industry for reliability and unmatched antenna performance,” said Kary Katzenberger, Heartland RV Bighorn/Landmark general manager. “Since the antennas are provider specific, we do not want to make that choice for our customers; so instead we decided to do the next best thing and prewire the RVs for units, making them easier to install at the dealership. This also guarantees that the customer gets the exact antenna they want.”
Heartland and Winegard partnered together because dealers can struggle installing antennas at times. With the Bighorn and Landmark models already prewired, installation is made simpler.
“Heartland RV is one of the leading original equipment manufacturers in the U.S. and we’re proud to partner with a company that believes in no compromises,” said Aaron Engberg, director of mobile products at Winegard. “They recognized that without the prewire installations can be difficult for the dealer, as well as costly for the RV owner, both of which are being addressed because of Heartland’s dedication to quality customer service.”
TRAV’LER antennas provide the unique ability to view multiple satellites at the same time, allowing the RV owner to enjoy satellite TV in the RV just as they do at home. TRAV’LER antennas provide the strongest signal strength and receive maximum SD and HD programming. They work with DVRs and allow simultaneous viewing with different programs, something domes and most other mobile antennas can’t do.
For more information about the Winegard TRAV’LER, visit http://www.winegard.com/travler. To find a Winegard dealer in your area, visit the RV satellite antenna dealer locator online.
Carriage Inc. will be offering the Winegard SensarPro TV signal meter in its 2012 models, including the Cameo, Carri-Lite and Royals International luxury fifth-wheel lines.
According to a press release, the Winegard SensarPro is an “all-in-one product” that acts as a TV signal meter with an adjustable amplifier and wall-plate power supply.
“With the difficulties customers experience in locating digital signals we knew we needed a solution,” said Aaron Engberg, director of mobile products for Winegard Co. “With a single push of a button, the scan search option quickly finds all available programming in the area.”
“We already offer amplified Sensar antennas on our fifth-wheels,” said Greg Kitson, Carriage product development leader. “So we wanted to offer the latest digital TV signal meter technology in the SensarPro to make TV entertainment on the road simple, fast and frustration free for our customers. We specialize in producing luxury RVs and the SensarPro adds that luxury entertainment touch to our product line.”
Winegard Co. satellite TV antennas are now being offered on Newmar’s entire 2011 motorized fleet, according to a news release.
Winegard is supplying its 12-inch RoadTrip stationary and in-motion automatic dome satellite TV antennas and the TRAV’LER Slimline DIRECTV KU/KA automatic multi-satellite antennas for Newmar’s Bay Star, Canyon Star, Ventana, Dutch Star, Mountain Aire, Essex and King Aire 2011 models.
“We are very pleased that Newmar has selected our satellite products for their 2011 model year,” said Aaron Engberg, Winegard mobile products director. “There are many satellite antenna products on the market and it is gratifying that a company of Newmar’s standing has chosen our products.”
Winegard has been manufacturing quality television and radio reception products for more than 55 years. Headquartered in Burlington, Iowa, Winegard enjoys a worldwide reputation that is based on many industry “firsts,” including the all-channel “Yagi” TV antenna, 82-channel antenna, antenna mounted preamplifiers, antenna amplifiers, the anodizing process, perforated aluminum satellite antenna and the RV television antenna, among others.
Winegard Co. introduces the SENSAR IV amplified antenna, which integrates its SENSAR III antenna with the UHF-enhanced Wingman antenna for increased over-the-air TV viewing. Optimized for the new DTV spectrum, the new SENSAR IV receives all available VHF/UHF/digital channels, enabling viewers to enjoy watching all local programming in the U.S. while the RV is parked. The antenna can be raised, lowered and rotated with a hand crank from inside the RV and lowers to only 4 inches above the roof while traveling. The SENSAR IV head requires 46 1/4-inch long by 15 1/4-inch wide unobstructed roof space while it is stowed. Winegard product No. RVW-395 includes the amplified antenna and lift assembly, as well as a +12 VDC white power supply with on/off switch, white interior control parts and 20 feet of 75 ohm coax cable. MSRP: $159.00. For those who already own a SENSAR II or III antenna, Product No. RVW-205, the SENSAR IV Integrated Amplified Replacement Head Only, retails for $69.99. Winegard Co., 3000 Kirkwood St., Burlington, IA 52601; (800) 288-8094; www.winegard.com.
Winegard Co. introduces the Carryout MP1 manual portable satellite TV antenna. The Carryout is extremely compact and weighs only nine pounds. “Extensive market research showed us that there is a definite niche in the market for consumers who want a portable and affordable satellite TV antenna,” said Aaron Engberg, director of Winegard’s mobile products, in a news release. “Not everyone who wants a satellite TV system has an RV to mount it on, so our new Carryout MP1 satellite TV antenna is aimed directly at those consumers.” The manual antenna stores in a compact, durable case that doubles as the antenna base when in use. The case features an easy-grip handle for carrying or locking down. A bubble level, compass and elevation markings molded into the base make set-up quick and easy. The Carryout MP1 comes with 25 feet of coax cable to allow for optimal antenna placement. The case with antenna measures 16 inches wide, 18 1/2 inches high and 10 inches deep. The unit supports two receivers (not included), and it is compatible with DIRECTV (standard only) and DISH Network (standard and HD). MSRP: $199. Winegard Customer Service at (800) 288-8094 or visit www.winegard.com.