Production workers at Winnebago Industries returned to 40-hour workweeks on Monday (Oct. 16) after being on 36-hour workweeks during September and the first two weeks of this month.
Winnebago’s plants operated on a nine-hour work schedule Mondays through Thursdays while on 36-hour weeks. Now, the plants operate on eight-hour schedules Mondays through Fridays.
The No. 2 producer of Class A and Class C motorhomes shortened its workweeks because retail demand cooled this summer and the company did not want to build excess inventory.
But now, Winnebago believes its dealers’ inventories are at the appropriate level, given retail market conditions, to resume 40-hour production schedules.
Winnebago also is gearing up for the industry’s national trade show in Louisville at the end of November. It plans to introduce several new double slide-out floorplan units including a 40-foot Ultimate Freedom diesel pusher, a Journey diesel Class A and a 27-foot Minnie Winnie Class C.
During the first seven months of this year, Winnebago had a 17.1% share of the Class A and Class C motorhome retail market, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Fleetwood Enterprises continues to be the market share leader in Class A’s and C’s, although its leadership position eroded to 22.1% during the first seven months of this year, from 25.4% during the same period a year earlier, Statistical Surveys reported.