Times Colonist

Winnebago shuts down plants

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CHICAGO — Winnebago Industries Inc. said yesterday that it was shutting one of two key plants and laying off nearly 300 workers as it continued to face with the "extremely challengin­g" market for recreation­al vehicles.

The company, the No. 1 maker of recreation­al vehicles, said it was closing its manufactur­ing facility in Charles City, Iowa, which it opened in 2005, back when demand for motorhomes was strong.

It was the second time this year that Winnebago has slashed its workforce to deal with the slump in sales brought on by rising gasoline prices, falling home values and tightening credit.

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