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Closing of Winnebago plant in Charles City, 36 workers affected
Closing of Winnebago plant in Charles City, 36 workers affected

Winnebago Industries is closing its Charles City plant, affecting 36 workers, according to the Iowa Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) website.

The announcement states that the plant will close on September 1st.

The plant being closed is 55,000 square feet and is the smaller of two Winnebago plants in Charles City that manufacture Solis and Roam RVs. That production process will be moved to the Lake Mills plant, “which will now be responsible for building some of our most recognized brands such as Revel, Travato, Solis and Roam,” according to an emailed statement from Winnebago spokesman Daniel Sullivan.

“Where possible, we are offering our teammates roles within the Lake Mills facility and supporting other impacted team members during this transition period in line with our strong values,” Sullivan said.

According to Tim Fox of the Charles City Area Development Corporation, a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility built in 2002-2003 will remain open.

Fox said Winnebago has not yet announced plans for what to do with the vacant building, but local officials have had preliminary discussions with the company. Sullivan did not comment on the company’s plans.

Winnebago is a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicles and has plants in Forest City, Lake Mills and Charles City and 7,200 employees in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota and Florida, according to its LinkedIn page. The company’s headquarters moved from Forest City to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, in 2021, but Winnebago keeps the majority of its RV production in northern Iowa and employs about 2,000 people.

Kevin Baskins covers jobs and the economy for the Des Moines Register. You can reach him at [email protected].

By Liam