Winnebago line worker adds finishing touches during a factory tour

Winnebago Industries Inc. will be launching in April its free factory tour program, which has grown to attract more than 10,000 visitors annually to the company’s Forest City, Iowa, manufacturing complex.

“If you haven’t been on our tour, you are missing out,” said Winnebago Industries Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts in a press release. “The tour not only shows you how our motorhomes are built from start to finish, but also the technology and innovative designs that set our motorhomes apart from the rest.”

The tour begins with a 20-minute video offering a preview of the manufacturing process, followed by a drive-through tour of the grounds. Participants are able to do walk-in tours of three buildings, including the main production area named Big Bertha – equivalent in size to eight football fields and encompassing three production lines.

Visitors can also tour the Winnebago Industries Museum located in the upper level of the Visitors Center. The museum chronicles the company’s 54-year history, as well as the design and construction of the company’s motorhomes.

During the spring and summer months, the Visitors Center also displays current models along with one of the first motorhomes built by Winnebago, the classic 1967 Winnebago D22, as well as a 1959 Aljo trailer.

Tours, which last approximately two hours, are offered twice daily at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday from April through October, and at 1 p.m. in November. For more information, call 641/585-6936 or visit: http://www.winnebagoind.com/company/visit-us/.