Friday, January 25, 2008

Winnebago cuts jobs as RV sales stall

CHICAGO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Winnebago Industries Inc the No. 1 maker of motor homes, said on Thursday that it had begun laying off workers at its plant in Forest City, Iowa, blaming what its spokeswoman characterized as a discouraging and severe slump in sales.

The company did not say how many workers would be affected by the layoff, the first since the fall of 2006, when Winnebago laid off 170 employees in what Sheila Davis, its spokeswoman, called a "small" cutback.

But Davis told Reuters that Winnebago had become "discouraged" by the retail trends in the motor home marketplace, which she said had been down "pretty severely" since late summer.
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