Winnebago Industries Inc. offers attractive pricing in a diesel pusher platform with its 2014 Winnebago Forza Class A motorhome.
According to a press release, a Freightliner XCS straight-rail chassis provides a solid foundation with a Cummins 340-hp diesel engine and Allison six-speed transmission delivering the power.
Diesel pushers are known for storage and the Forza ups the ante with its Smart Storage design that pushes capacity even further. Inside, the coach offers quality amenities such as polished Corian galley countertops, coffee-glazed cabinetry, upscale entertainment features and LED lighting.
Available in two floorplans – the 34T and 38R – other standards include: Powered driver and passenger seats in leatherette; radio/rearview color monitor system with 6-inch touch screen; powered MCD visor shade for the front windshield; soft vinyl ceilings and vinyl tile flooring throughout; home theater sound bar with DVD/CD player; and full-coach water filtration system.
Other highlights include: 6,000-watt Cummins Onan diesel generator; 2,000-watt inverter/charger; roof A/C with heat pump; hydraulic leveling jacks; dual-glazed Contour coach windows; heated holding tank compartment; powered patio awning with LED lighting; exterior wash station
Other available features include: fireplace, +Lounger, powered StudioLoft (34T only), stackable washer/dryer, automatic HDTV satellite antenna system, satellite radio, and Ideal Rest Noveau air sleep system.
The new 34T offers a driver’s side slide with the unique inLounge extendable U-shaped sectional sofa/sleeper in leatherette, versatile inTable movable drop-leaf table, and a passenger side slide galley with island sink. The 34T also features a large private bath, queen-size walk-around bed, and a large wardrobe.
The 38R features a low profile that fits through a 12-foot door opening while having amazing storage of up to 228 cubic feet. Other amenities include two slideout rooms with an exceptional bath-and-a-half floorplan. A rear master suite provides a private rear bathroom and a queen-size bed with large wardrobe and a 28-inch HDTV that flips down from the ceiling for easy viewing. The 38R also includes a Flex Bed system that provides bunk beds, wardrobe, or converts into a dinette, whichever you choose. Also standard in the 38R is a half bath, Comfort Sofa Sleeper, BenchMark dinette with Dream Dinette table, full-featured galley with pantry and residential refrigerator, and large 50-inch HDTV above the optional fireplace.
Winnebago Industries Inc. will issue issue its fourth quarter and fiscal 2013 financial results on Oct. 17.
The Forest City, Iowa-based company will also host a conference call, scheduled for 10 a.m. (EDT).
The conference call may be heard live via the company’s website, http://www.winnebagoind.com/investor.html. The event will be archived and available for replay for the next 90 days.
Winnebago Industries Inc. has been selected to the Barron’s 400 Index after a four-year absence. According to a press release, this marks the fourth time Winnebago has been selected to the index since the 400 Index inception in 1997.
“Given that only about 6% of all North American publicly listed companies are selected to the Barron’s 400 on the basis of their fundamental soundness underscores the overall strength of your company’s financial results and its bright prospects as an investment for public shareholders,” said Market Grader President Carlos Diez.
“We are indeed honored to be included in the Barron’s 400 Index,” said Winnebago Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts. “We have had significant growth over the past four years and this is certainly affirmation that we are on the right path. We look forward to continued growth as we move forward with aggressive product development in the RV sector and new initiatives such as brand licensing opportunities and transit bus production.”
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Iowa State Rep. Tedd Gassman and Sen. Dennis Guth recently toured a Winnebago Industries Inc. motorhome manufacturing plant as well as CDI, a company in Forest City that does custom paint work on motorhomes. During the visit, Gassman noted a measure passed in last year’s legislative session should continue to help large employers such as Winnebago find employees.
Gassman said funding directed toward Iowa’s community colleges helps train workers in areas such as welding so those workers can fill jobs at Iowa companies.
“The main thing (Winnebago officials) talked about was the employee situation,” Gassman said of his recent tour, reported in the Mason City, Iowa, Globe Gazette.
Although the company has roughly 2,000 people employed and does not consider itself short-staffed, “they do have turnover,” he said. “They are constantly on the hunt for people.”
Company officials stressed that they need employees who are prepared to enter the workforce, Gassman said.
While it didn’t receive much attention during the tour, Gassman also said the Legislature’s action to reduce commercial and industrial property tax will also help companies such as Winnebago.
Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. announced Wednesday (Oct. 2) it has selected licensing agency Brandgenuity as its exclusive licensing agent of record. Brandgenuity will help the iconic outdoor adventure brand extend into new categories, including camping gear, apparel and outdoor furniture.
“In the RV industry, we have led the way in quality and innovation for more than 55 years,” said Chad Reece, director of marketing at Winnebago. “Now we will extend the Winnebago name and our values to a wider range of products that will help our owners and fans enjoy recreation and the freedom of life on the road even more.”
Winnebago conducted an agency search process which led to partnering with Brandgenuity.
“We are thrilled to be representing Winnebago — one of the great, iconic, ‘made in America’ brands,” said Jay Asher, founding partner at Brandgenuity. “The timing couldn’t be better, as Americans are now hitting the road and exploring this beautiful country with greater frequency.”
A leading independent brand licensing agency based in New York, Brandgenuity was voted “licensing agency of the year” by a leading industry publication. The company will work with Winnebago Industries to develop well-crafted and thoughtfully designed licensed products that hold true to the Winnebago name — and encourage people everywhere to embrace the freedom of life on the road.
Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. has been listed as one of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies” in the Sept. 16 issue.
Listed at No. 65 among the Top 100, Winnebago is in “good company with well-known names throughout a wide variety of other venerable industries,” according to a press release. The list may be viewed at:http://money.cnn.com/
“We are honored to be named to Fortune’s ’Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies List,’” said Winnebago Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts. “We have worked extremely hard to turn the company around following the recession and we are very pleased with our progress so far. With the motorhome industry shipment volumes recovering but still well below the 25-year average, we are even more excited about what lies ahead as the economy continues to grow.”
The company has generated stellar earnings during its current fiscal year, posting a 94.4% gain in third-quarter profits on a 40.1% increase in sales.
Winnebago Industries Inc. received a “Best in Show” award from BusCon for having the best new product or service at the BusCon Expo 2013 held in Chicago Sept. 10-11.
Three new Metro Link models were unveiled during BusCon, including a public transit, airport, and a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas Powered) version bus which may be used as a shuttle or airport shuttle, according to a news release.
“We were very honored to receive the Best in Show award at BusCon,” said Winnebago Industries Director of Specialty Vehicles Terry Tweeten. “We had great response to our new products and were very pleased with the traffic in our display throughout the show.”
Distribution of the new Metro Link will be conducted by Metro Worldwide, a division of the Pritchard Family Cos. In business for over a century, Pritchard has had a working relationship with Winnebago Industries for over 25 years. Pritchard has a national presence in the distribution of commercial trucks where they have distinguished themselves as a leader in both volume and customer service.
For more information on the new Metro Link, please contact: Scott Loges at (855) 923-2855, email at email@example.com or visit www.wgotransit.com.
BusCon, produced by Bobit Business Media, is North America’s biggest bus show. It consists of a 115,000 square foot exhibit hall filled with buses of all kinds, equipment, technology, and bus-related products and services as well as education geared toward running a successful and efficient operation. For more information, visit www.BusConExpo.com http://busconexpo.com/.
Members of the Skinny Winnie club recently met for a rally in Grand Marais, Minn.
Skinny Winnie members are owners who are enthusiastic about “compact and efficient” RV’s, primarily, but not exclusive to owners of Winnebago Industries Inc. motorhomes that are built on Sprinter-based products, such as the Winnebago View, View Profile and Via, the Itasca Navion, Navion iQ and Reyo, and the Winnebago Touring Coach Era motorhome, according to a news release.
With 52 coaches and 96 people in attendance, rally events started the afternoon of Sept. 9 with a Q&A session conducted by Chris Bienert, Winnebago Industries product planner. The next day, members held an Open House event for those who wanted to show off their coaches and modifications they had made. Bienert showcased a 2014 Winnebago Via 25P for the group.
“The Via had steady traffic throughout the open house session with Skinny Winnie members very enthusiastic about the Via’s interior and exterior storage, the extra sleeping space provided by the Studio Loft bed and the bright open floor plan,” said Bienert.
Winnebago Industries Inc.’s new Trend Class C motorhome garnered a great deal of attention as it debuted at America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., last week.
“We had phenomenal interest in the new Winnebago Trend Class C motorhome introduced at Hershey,” said Winnebago Industries Vice President of Sales and Product Management Scott Degnan. “Though small in size, this motorhome made a huge impact at its first retail show. While I was onsite at the show, we had a continuous line of people waiting to take their first look at the new Trend, and their response to the vehicle’s unique features was overwhelmingly positive.” Winnebago reported that RVers looking to downsize as well as first-time buyers were especially attracted to the compact size, creative use of space and the fresh, open feeling of the new interiors.
“The powered loft beds were going up and down hundreds of times each day,” said Russ Garfin, Winnebago product manager for the Trend and Viva. “Customers really appreciated that this comfortable, large bed operated so easily and was practically invisible in the stored position.
“Another great feature that got a lot of attention was that there are two, three-point seatbelts in the forward facing dinette, providing the ability to secure two child seats. This is an industry-first and very important to young families looking for their first motorhome.”
Built on the all-new Ram ProMaster, the Trend offers a well-designed cab area with great visibility, advanced safety features and easy access made possible by a flat cab floor and swivel-in-place cab seats. Backed by a five-year, 100,000-mile drive train warranty, the Trend also is fuel efficient getting 14-16 mpg.
The Winnebago Trend and Itasca Viva are built on the new Ram ProMaster chassis with fuel-efficient V6 Pentastar gas engine and 9,350-pound GVWR, six air bags in the cab for added safety, comfortable cab seats and panoramic front windows for improved driving visibility. With MSRPs starting at approximately $88,650, the Trend and Viva! are affordable entries into the RV lifestyle with comfortable living space for up to six people.
Available in two 24-foot floorplans, both feature a powered StudioLoft bed that lifts tight to the ceiling to conserve space during the day. Other features include energy-saving LED lighting and available soft, easy-to-clean Ultraleather furniture.
The 23B offers front swivel cab seats, a sofa/bed and dinette, a large, full-featured mid-coach galley and rear bath. Two large sleeping spaces provide comfortable sleeping for four adults with the queen size front loft bed and a king size Flex Bed System. The 23L also features swivel cab seats expanding the living area of the motorhome, as well as a forward-facing dinette on the driver’s side and a side-facing dinette bench seat on the curb side of the unit. Together these comfortable seating spaces convert into one convenient sleeping space. Additional sleeping space is available with the rear corner bed and front Studio Loft bed. A midcoach L-shaped galley is full featured and has a forward facing sink.
Winnebago Industries Inc. is debuting its new Winnebago Ultralite travel trailer as part of this week’s America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa.
According to a press release, the Winnebago Ultralite offers “lightweight towability with a touch of class.” The Ultralite 27RBDS offers a host of residential-style amenities, including a queen bed with a luxury memory foam mattress, roomy wardrobe, double shower, solid-surface countertops, large pantry and energy-efficient LED lighting. The aerodynamic shape and enclosed underbelly provide exceptional “wind-slip,” reducing drag and increasing fuel economy, while the Stable-Track axle design smooths out the ride and reduces sway caused by crosswinds or passing traffic.
Another highlight of the Hershey Show is the SunnyBrook Raven fifth-wheel line, featuring a true luxury suite the all-new Raven 3600RK. This “home-away-from-home” features a best-in-class bedroom/bathroom suite with a large 60-inch shower, solid-surface countertops, energy-saving LED lighting and unique back-lighting in several areas to highlight the comfortable interior.
Frameless windows, a keyless entry, an unobstructed storage area, slam-latch luggage doors and a color-coordinated roof are all standard on the Raven. SunnyBrook also offers an optional Extreme Weather Package, providing radiant insulation in the roof and floor and enabling the Raven to reach an R 30-plus equivalent insulation value.
Winnebago Industries will also have the full complement of 2014 Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach and SunnyBrook products on display.