Wednesday

First Travato Completed in Winnebago's New Lake Mills Assembly Facility


FOREST CITY, Iowa, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading United States manufacturer of recreation vehicles, has completed the first Travato from the new Lake Mills Assembly Facility.

As announced in November 2013, Winnebago expanded manufacturing for the Company's Winnebago Touring Coach (Class B) motorhomes to a new Lake Mills Assembly Facility.  The Company celebrated the completion of the first Travato rolling off the line today. 

"Our employees have done a great job; they've worked hard to install new equipment, set up the production floor and train new staff," said Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts.  "It's a real celebration to see the first Travato motorhome roll off the line and the timing for ramping up this production couldn't be better as we prepare for the busy spring and summer selling season." 

The TravatoTM is the newest Class B motorhome to join the Winnebago Touring Coach lineup.  At 20' long, the Travato is extremely agile, while still offering a full-feature RV experience that is perfect for the adventurous explorer.  Featuring the Ram ProMaster chassis, the Travato features a unique floorplan with a rear double bed that is designed to flip up, out of the way to allow for large items like bicycles to be stored inside, while making them easily accessible through the large double doors at the rear of the coach.  With swivel cab seats, LED ceiling lights, standard touch-screen navigation, a split dinette, and an abundance of features, the Travato delivers a whole lot of fun for less.  

About Winnebago 
Winnebago, "The Most Recognized Name in Motorhomes®", is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities.  The Company and its subsidiary build quality motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products and transit buses under the Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach, SunnyBrook and Metro brand names.  Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since 1996.  The Company's common stock is listed on the New York and Chicago Stock Exchanges and traded under the symbol WGO.  Options for the Company's common stock are traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.  For access to Winnebago Industries' 
investor relations material or to add your name to an automatic email list for Company news releases, visit,http://www.wgo.net/investor.html.
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Friday

Tour One of America's Most Iconic Brands - Winnebago


FOREST CITY, Iowa, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Annually more than 10,000 visitors come to Forest City, Iowa, to get the inside story of one of America's most iconic brands - Winnebago®. Come see for yourself why Winnebago is the best selling brand and most recognized name in RV'ing with a free factory tour.

Founded in 1958, "Winnebago" became a household word when the Company became the first recreation vehicle manufacturer to build motorhomes in an automotive-style assembly line system. Winnebago builds its Winnebago, Itasca®, and Winnebago Touring CoachTM motorhome brands in one of the most technologically advanced RV manufacturing facilities in existence today.

"If you haven't been on our tour - you are missing out," said Winnebago Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts. "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 starts at the Winnebago Visitors' Center with a 20-minute video that offers a preview of the manufacturing process. After the video, the tour bus, manufactured by Winnebago Industries, departs for a drive-through tour of the grounds. Tour goers are also able to do walk-in tours of three buildings: the Chassis Weld facility, where the raw chassis is prepared to become a home on wheels with the front cab and basement storage added; the Stitchcraft facility that builds quality chairs, window valances, sofas and other innovative furniture pieces that are only found in our motorhomes; and our main production area named Big Bertha.

Equivalent in size to eight football fields, Big Bertha features three production lines. Visitors will see the magnitude of this building thanks to mezzanines that provide a bird's eye view.

Before or after the tour, visitors can also visit the Winnebago Museum which is located in the upper level of the Visitors' Center. The museum chronicles the Company's 56-year history, as well as the design and construction of the Company's motorhomes.

During the spring and summer months, the Visitors' Center also features some of the latest models of the Company's Winnebago, Itasca, and Winnebago Touring Coach motorhomes, as well as Winnebago Towables, right off the assembly lines. Visitors can also see one of the first motorhomes built by Winnebago Industries, the classic 1967 Winnebago D22, as well as a 1959 trailer. The Visitors' Center is also home to WIT Club, the company's product owners club and Winnebago Outdoor Store, which offers a variety of Winnebago branded apparel, gifts, and wearables.

Tours of Winnebago are free, and all ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The Visitors' Center is accessible to those with disabilities; however the factory tour does include three staircases.

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. If your group is larger than six, reservations are recommended.

For more information, please call 641/585-6936, visit: http://www.winnebagoind.com/company/visit-us/ or email info@winnebagoind.com .
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Thursday

Winnebago announces launch of an innovative RV lifestyle website


FOREST CITY, Iowa, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Winnebago Industries (WGO) announced the launch of the RV industry's first lifestyle website.  The site, www.winnebagolife.com, nicknamed goLife, brings a fresh perspective to the RV industry.

The goLife website will have continuing features that include stories on owners' lifestyles, in-depth articles featuring the company's latest vehicles, a product showcase for apps and travel accessories, stories and pictures from owners, and a look ahead to new trends in the industry.

"For years, Winnebago has been an innovator in recreational vehicle product design," said Kelli Harms, Winnebago's Marketing and Sales Promotion Manager. "With our new goLife website we plan to continue that innovation by bringing unique stories and fresh ideas that readers won't find in today's RV publications and websites.  Traditionally, manufacturers' websites are all about specifications and features, but that's only half the story.  We think that taking our readers behind the scenes with owner stories, in-depth interviews with Winnebago executives and designers, fun travel destinations, and unique product highlights will complete the other half of the Winnebago story."
Chad Reece, Director of Marketing explains, "Historically, the RV industry is slow to change.  Many of the traditional ways our customers used to learn about our products are now less important.  Today, by the time customers walk into a dealer, they already know a lot through on-line research.  Our goLife website, along with other social media tools, will be invaluable in helping our customers learn about our products and, of equal importance, share the fun and excitement that our Winnebago owners experience."

"And to best communicate the Winnebago and RV lifestyle, we've done something pretty innovative," Harms continues, "we've reached out to one of our Winnebago owners to be our editor/blogger-in-chief.  Last year Don and Terry Cohen traveled 25,000 miles in their new Itasca Navion.  Don created a personal website to share their adventures and insights with their friends.  Don's been a successful entrepreneur for four decades and has written, photographed and produced award-winning videos for years. As the goLife editor, he brings a true - 'been there, doing that' approach."
"It's a dream assignment," says Cohen. "A year before we bought our Navion, I was all over the Internet learning about RVs.  While I viewed hundreds of sites and videos, I didn't see many that were very well written or produced.  I'm super excited that the new goLife website is going to add some long overdue sophistication to the RV industry. We know full well that there are a lot of misperceptions about RVing and I think our goLife site is going to be a fresh voice in getting people to think differently about RVing as a fun travel option."

About Winnebago
Winnebago, "The Most Recognized Name in Motorhomes®", is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities.  The Company and its subsidiary build quality motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products and transit buses under the Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach, SunnyBrook and Metro brand names.  Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since 1996.  The Company's common stock is listed on the New York and Chicago Stock Exchanges and traded under the symbol WGO.  Options for the Company's common stock are traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.  For access to Winnebago Industries' investor relations material or to add your name to an automatic email list for Company news releases, visit,http://www.winnebagoind.com/investor.html.

For more information, contact:
Sheila Davis
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2013 Year-end Statistics Show EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC the Fastest Growing Company Among the Top 15 Towable RV Manufacturers


Middlebury, Ind. - EverGreenRecreational Vehicles and its LifestyleLuxury RV division announced today that the year-end numbers from the independent StatisticalSurveys, Inc. of Grand Rapids, Michigan show that EverGreen is the fastest growing company of the top 15 manufacturers in the towable RV segment for 2013. The company showed the highest growth statistics for both unit growth, at 85.5 percent and market share growth at 60.4 percent, among the top 15 towable RV manufacturers. The momentum for EverGreen was significant as the firm’s top position in the towable segment moved from 74.7 percent of unit growth with market share growth of 52.2 in September to the current numbers—an increase of over 10 percent in the fourth quarter alone. 

“We’ve shown significant momentum throughout 2013 and it continues in 2014,” stated EverGreen President and COO Mark Boessler. “We attribute our leading position to attracting and partnering with the best dealers in the business. Our entire manufacturing and sales team must also be commended, as we now have 10 unique brands to choose from. Our dealers are profiting from both our innovative designs and the variety of price points we are hitting.”

Boessler also noted that EverGreen’s policy of providing its dealers with true protected trade territories and rejecting the industry norm of selling similar brands in the same marketplace is also key to dealer success. 

“We understand that our dealers have a dramatically higher rate of success and capture far more market share in their territories, without having to deal with cloned products being sold right across town,” Boessler added. “We encourage dealers interested in our way of doing business, or those who are looking to replace a current line, to give us a call.” 


To learn more about the entire family of EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, and Lifestyle Luxury RV, visit www.goevergreenrv.com or www.lifestylelrv.com
Contact your EverGreen or Lifestyle Luxury RV representative today.

EverGreen: 574-825-4298
Lifestyle: 574-825-5578


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Tuesday

EverGreen’s Ever-Lite Travel Trailer Still the Only Composite Constructed RV


EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC has manufactured the Ever-Lite with ComposiTekÔ construction continuously since 2008. It remains the only composite travel trailer on the market today, providing consumers with the distinct advantage of owning an RV that is extremely resistant to moisture, rot, and other elements that bring an end to most RVs. The Ever-Lite is up to 1,200 pounds lighter than comparable travel trailers without composites. There are eight versatile and incredibly functional Ever-Lite floor plans to choose from.

About Ever-Lite – Built to Last with Composite Construction

The Ever-Lite travel trailer is up to 20 percent lighter compared to other travel trailers due to the use of composites. ComposiTek™ construction walls, roof, floor and a composite exterior wall that is finished with a fiberglass gel-coat – in a new cream color this year – make the Ever-Lite built to last!

The attention to detail continues in the interior in all eight of the functional Ever-Lite floorplans, which are designed with quality in mind. Corian© countertops, crowned ceiling moldings and over stuffed furniture add to the quality of the Ever-Lite while all cabinetry is glued and screwed, never stapled, and raised panel cabinet doors make the Ever-Lite a residential space. A double-door refrigerator-freezer and residential sink contribute to the function of the Ever-Lite brand. Deep slide floor plans are also available, a full 42 inches average—six inches more than the competition. Large, frameless, tinted automotive-style windows and skylights add natural light, while bright LEDs light the interior. Overhead, under the bed, in the kitchen pantry, and in the lighted pass-through storage area provide owners with ample storage for the additional 1,000 pounds of gear you can take with you. Options include a 15,000-BTU A/C, a second 13,500-BTU A/C for the bedroom, a 32-inch TV upgrade is available, and a 74-inch Hide-A-Bed can be exchanged for the standard storage sofa.

The Ever-Lite remains EverGreen’s innovative, composite flagship brand. The up-front investment in composite materials, and the complexity of manufacturing with composites, are just two of the reasons the EverGreen Ever-Lite remains the only composite travel trailer on the market to this day. With its composite construction, the Ever-Lite provides consumers with a longer lasting investment than conventionally built RVs.

For more information: www.GoEverGreenRV.com

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540 Phone: 574-825-4298 Fax: 574-825-4299
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EverGreen’s Bay Hill – The Most Affordable Luxury Fifth-wheel


EverGreen Recreational Vehicles’ Bay Hillfifth-wheels continue to be produced at a ‘Best in Class’ value. The six unique floor plans are filled with innovative designs, yet still at a price for mid-range consumers.

About Bay Hill Fifth-wheels
The Bay Hill series of fifth-wheels are built with an all-aluminum wall structure and use EverGreen's vacuum laminated construction processes. Exterior construction features include a crowned, walk-on rubber roof, and fiberglass or cream gel-coated exterior with matching fiberglass painted front caps. Large, tinted, automotive style frameless window, power awning, and an exterior monster-sized storage space all standard on Bay Hill models.

The Bay Hill 340RK stands out with some of the most sought after features in a fifth-wheel. A massive gourmet rear kitchen complete with etched glass pantry, designer range hood, residential solid-wood with screwed and glued cabinetry, and designer glass inlays in the upper cabinets create a feel of luxury. Corian® countertops, a stainless steel sink with gooseneck faucet, and stainless appliances also add to the quality of the Bay Hill.

Consumers do not need to worry about having a residential-feeling space. With up to five slide-outs in some models, the Bay Hill never feels cramped. The 340RK feels truly residential featuring stairs with banister up to the private bedroom. Bedrooms come standard with an 80-inch bed with Denver Pillowtop mattress. Other amenities include bullet reading lights above the bed, a TV jack and LCD TV bracket, night stands with power outlets, and spa-inspired etched glass wardrobe doors. Bathrooms have large walk-in showers with a glass shower door, a skylight over the shower or tub, a convenient hand sprayer in the tub and powerful exhaust fan. 

All areas in the Bay Hill are well lit thanks to the LED lighting package.  Luxury comes standard with crowned ceiling molding, comfortable residential-style furniture, remote controlled fireplace with heater, and big screen LED TV.

For more information: www.GoEverGreenRV.com

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540 Phone: 574-825-5578 Fax: 574-825-5508
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EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC the Fastest Growing Company Among the Top 14 Towable RV Manufacturers with 85.5 Percent of Unit Growth


EverGreen Recreational Vehicles and its Lifestyle Luxury RV division are the fastest growing among the top 14 fastest growing manufacturers in the towable segment for 2013. The year-end numbers from the independent Statistical Surveys, Inc. of Grand Rapids Michigan show that EverGreen had the highest growth statistics for both unit growth and market share growth which ranks them among the top 14 towable RV manufacturers. The momentum for EverGreen is significant as the firm’s top position in the towable segment moved from 74.7 percent of unit growth with market share growth of 52.2 in September to 85.5 percent of unit growth and 60.4 percent of market share growth —an increase of over 10 percent in the fourth quarter alone.

“We’ve shown significant momentum throughout 2013 and it continues in 2014,” stated EverGreen President and COO Mark Boessler. “We attribute our leading position to attracting and partnering with the best dealers in the business. Our entire manufacturing and sales team must also be commended, as we now have 10 unique brands to choose from. Our dealers are profiting from both our innovative designs and the variety of price points we are hitting.”

Boessler also noted that EverGreen’s policy of providing its dealers with true protected trade territories and rejecting the industry norm of selling similar brands in the same marketplace is also key to dealer success. 

“We understand that our dealers have a dramatically higher rate of success and capture far more market share in their territories, without having to deal with cloned products being sold right across town,” Boessler added. “We encourage dealers interested in our way of doing business, or those who are looking to replace a current line, to give us a call.” 
For more information: www.GoEverGreenRV.com
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540 Phone: 574-825-4298 Fax: 574-825-4299


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