As the summer vacation season kicks into high gear and you head out on the road, expect to see a familiar sight. Recreational vehicles and motor homes are experiencing a rebirth. That's welcome news for Winnebago Industries, which has survived one of the roughest periods for the RV industry.
"During the depths of the recession we weren't even running the factory at times, it was so slow, business was that bad," said Randy Potts, Chairman and CEO of Winnebago Industries. "Now we are running the factory every week. In fact people are working overtime."
Winnebago's crews are working longer hours because the company is seeing a pick-up in sales. In February of 2012, Winnebago's backlog of RV orders was 1,004. By February of this year, the backlog had grown to 2,752.
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"The order backlog is strong and it is just an entirely different environment than it was during the recession," said Potts.