Winnebago's historic commitment to local industry
Though Winnebago is now one of the largest and most well-known brands of recreational vehicles in the United States, the manufacturer has remained a key player in encouraging local industry and community development since its founding in 1958.
In the 1950s, Forest City, Iowa, was struggling due to the decline of agriculture and the loss of young people moving to more attractive cities. On their last legs, influential members of the community set to work attracting growing companies to help revitalize Forest City. After negotiations with local businessman John K. Hanson, a California company that would become Winnebago answered the call by opening a travel trailer factory in the city.
Throughout the 1960s, Winnebago evolved from a modest operation to an increasingly-successful RV producer - stimulating Forest City's local industry all the while. By the early 1970s, Winnebago Industries had earned a place in the New York Stock Exchange, with shares appreciating by 462 percent - the highest of any other company on the exchange.
Winnebago has called Forest City home ever since - remaining dedicated to the city's growth and success as mutual partners. Consider this impressive and committed history when shopping for your next RV.