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Winnebago Recalls 400 Workers

January 16, 1986

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Plans for recall of more than 400 laid-off workers at Winnebago Industries plants in Forest City, Hampton and Lorimor highlighted reports at Wednesday’s annual stockholders meeting.

The worker recall, to begin in February, will bring Winnebago’s corporate employment to about 2,650, near the employment level of 2,750 last spring, according to Frank Rotta, public relations director.

Some 1,000 workers were laid off in July, following a period of low production and sales, which spawned burgeoning inventories.

Between 350-400 workers will be recalled at the Forest City plant, raising employment here to about 2,400. At the Hampton plant, where about 140 workers manufacture fiberglass components, some 40 to 50 recalls are slated, along with expansion of facilities.

A second plant for upholstery and other sewn products at Lorimor is planned this spring, allowing a doubling of the work force to between 55 and 60, Rotta said.

Plans for a 35 percent production increase were cited for the call-back, coupled with increased sales and onset of the strong sales season for the motor home industry.

Production of three new models of motor homes will begin at the Forest City assembly plant, including a 19-foot, ″micro-mini″ model, constructed on a Toyota chassis. Two new, top-of-the-line Elandan models will be stretched to 26 and 37 feet, and are slated for production toward the end of the year.

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