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One year ago Randy Potts was done with being cautiously optimistic. The head of Winnebago Industries Inc. said the company would be optimistic about the company’s outlook on revenues and profit.

He was right.

The Forest City, Iowa-based manufacturer had its best year since the recession, Potts said on Oct. 16 when the company announced its fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 results.

“It was a great quarter that (finishes) the best year we’ve had since the recession,” said Potts, company chief executive officer, president and chairman of the board.

According to the Mason City Globe Gazette, the company had overall growth in motorhome sales, with particular growth of motor homes in the lower price range, said Sarah Nielsen, a vice president and chief financial officer for Winnebago.

Winnebago’s towable division also posted a profit for at least the third straight quarter with a profit of $1.4 million in the most recent quarter. Both Potts and Nielsen said there is potential for more growth in all motor home and towable categories.

With growth comes a need for employees. And it’s one of the challenges Winnebago Industries continues to face as the available labor force in the region is not large.

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