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Winnebago Industries manufactures medical masks  for Mercyone North Iowa Medical Center


This news story was published on March 30, 2020.
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FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, announced today it will be providing medical masks to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. The masks are being manufactured by employees at the Company’s Stitchcraft facility in Forest City, Iowa, which houses industrial sewing capabilities and produces soft goods for Winnebago Motorhome production. The facility typically specializes in creating items such as seats, sofas, cushions, pillows, draperies, shades, valances, mattresses, bedspreads, and a host of other sewn parts.

“As the health crisis has evolved, we have focused our efforts on determining how we can best use our Company’s resources to provide support in overall relief efforts and specifically efforts that positively impact our local communities,” said Chris West, Vice President of Operations at Winnebago Industries. “We are blessed to have a workforce who is dedicated to supporting our local community needs and want to thank all of our caring employees who have helped make this critical project a reality.”

Winnebago Industries reached out to The State of Iowa and worked with Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management as the health crisis escalated to offer potential mask production services. A connection was made with MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center and the research and design process quickly began. The first shipment of masks will be delivered on Monday, March 30th and additional deliveries will continue to fill the first production run of approximately 6,000 masks. The masks are being donated to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center and will be used by clinical staff as they treat patients.

“Thank you to the team at Winnebago Industries for helping address a national shortage in medical masks,” said Rod Schlader, President, MercyOne North Iowa. “Community partnerships like this are the perfect example of how good can come from this very critical public health situation. The safety of our colleagues and patients is our top priority, and this generous donation from Winnebago Industries brings a crucial boost to our efforts to secure personal protective equipment. We are proud to live and work in north Iowa, where our business and health care organizations can quickly come together to serve our communities in this time of crisis.”

Winnebago Industries, Inc. is a leading U.S. manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle products under the Winnebago, Grand Design, Newmar and Chris-Craft brands, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products and boats. Winnebago Industries has multiple facilities in Iowa, Indiana, Oregon, Minnesota and Florida.

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3 Responses to Winnebago Industries manufactures medical masks  for Mercyone North Iowa Medical Center

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you Winnebago!

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    John Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Winnebago might just have found a new market! What do you bet most medical masks in production now are not made in the United States? Bring back production to America it’s good for us as a country. Thanks, Winnebago for donating these supplies!

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      March 31, 2020 at 6:19 am

      You’re right, the majority are made in China. China made half the world’s masks before the coronavirus emerged there, and it has expanded production nearly 12-fold since then. But it has claimed mask factory output for itself. Purchases and donations also brought China a big chunk of the world’s supply from elsewhere.