Winnebago Industries, Inc.

In 1958, John K. Hanson, a one-time funeral director, convinced a travel-trailer company to open a factory in Iowa. Soon thereafter, Hanson and other local investors bought it out and totally re-engineered the trailer, turning it into a motorized home in 1966. Winnebago's recreational vehicles (RVs) are engineered entirely in-house. Various divisions produce all of the aluminum, plastic, soft goods, wood, steel, and fiberglass components that are then assembled on three 900-foot-long assembly lines. During final testing, the RV goes through a simulated storm with a rainfall rate of 50 inches per hour and a grueling road trip on "The Shaker.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The Winnebago Industries plant in Forest City is the third largest manufacturing facility in Iowa and the largest motor home manufacturing facility in the world.
Want more information about DiscoverE’s resources and programs? Check all that apply: