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Layoffs are continuing at Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. because of declining production caused by reduced demand, a company representative said Monday (Sept. 8).
The Globe Gazette, Mason City, reported that Sheila Davis, public relations and investor relations director for the motorhome builder, declined to comment on the number of recent layoffs or on the possibility of further layoffs.
“We continue to reduce our labor force to meet demands of the marketplace,” said Davis.
Last month, the company closed its Charles City manufacturing plant, idling 270 workers. Two smaller Winnebago plants in Charles City are still open.
Winnebago laid off more than 200 employees and eliminated an additional 100 jobs by not filling vacant positions during the first three months of this year.
Winnebago officials attribute the layoffs and job eliminations to the declining U.S. economy, higher fuel prices and decreasing consumer confidence, all of which have played a part in a decreasing demand for motorhomes.
That coincides with the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., which showed a 57% decline in Class A motorhome sales for July.