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
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
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.