Iowa-Based Manufacturer Temporarily Shutting Down, Will Pay Workers For 2 Weeks
Iowa-based Winnebago Industries is temporarily closing factories around the nation, sending approximately 5,000 workers home.
Winnebago has announced they're shuttering their production facilities this week to protect workers from coronavirus exposure and to adjust production for changing demand. In a release posted on Yahoo Finance, Winnebago Industries President and CEO Michael Happe said,
As this global situation continues to rapidly evolve, our top priority is the health and well-being of our employees, business partners, customers and communities. We are also seeing demand for our products shift dramatically as the nation takes appropriate action to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This decision is not an easy one, but we are confident it is in the best interests of all our stakeholders. During this time, we will remain flexible with operations that can provide products related to the support of mobile health care, command centers and other logistical needs that local, state and Federal resources may require during this crisis.
The company says they'll be suspending production this week, through Sunday, April 12. Base pay and benefits will be paid to furloughed employees for two weeks.