Our priorities remain unchanged - the health and safety of all Winnebago Industries team members, business partners, customers and communities. We announced on Monday, March 23 that are temporarily suspending most production activities at our Company’s Winnebago, Grand Design RV, Newmar, and Chris-Craft facilities. This action is in response to the national spread of the coronavirus, the national emergency associated with the virus, and unforeseeable change in business circumstances that have accompanied it. These steps are designed to lower the probability of coronavirus exposure to employees and adjust future production output relative to a fast-changing demand landscape for the Company’s products.
Winnebago Industries and our businesses will remain open and perform essential activities for our dealers and end customers, including remote retail support for dealers, along with technical care, warranty administration, and parts fulfillment. Each of the Company’s businesses will suspend production during the week of March 23rd and based on present conditions, the manufacturing suspension is currently anticipated to last through April 12th.
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. Some examples include: shifting production in sewing operations to produce medical masks, utilizing 3D printing capabilities to produce components for face shields and continuing outreach in a number of other areas including financial and medical supply donations in the communities where we have facilities.
Winnebago Industries will continue to monitor this situation very closely and is committed to executing contingency plans that ensure a safe work environment for employees and disciplined production strategies that benefit the Company and its channel partners before resuming full operations.