Just in time to kick off the summer travel season, Winnebago Industries paid a visit to Kansas City Assembly Plant to demonstrate the capabilities of their new products built on the Transit chassis. Plant employees had an opportunity to view several variations of the models. Interiors underlined the degree of refinement, class and usage of space the company is known for.
Praising the vehicle’s capabilities, Zach Raulier, a sales manager with Winnebago said, “Many times vans have little to no storage, but with the Transit chassis, it is wider, offering a way for us to custom build the box directly on the back. When looking at the technology aspect, we are delving into the usage of solar energy, lithium battery capabilities and safety features with blind-spot monitoring; it is advanced. It isn’t ‘old school Winnebago’ any longer, this is ‘new school’ with all the features Ford is giving us.”
Employees shared enthusiasm over the chance to view the inside and walk around the vehicles. “I love them,” said Mary Livengood, a material analyst in the Material Planning and Logistics (MP&L) department. “I prefer one that you drive over one that you pull. A camper that is more van-like really suits me. I could easily picture myself in one, taking the grandkids on trips during my retirement days.”
Prior to their departure, Kent Kolstad, a sourcing manager for Winnebago Industries said, “The people of KCAP were very friendly and it’s amazing the great work that everyone does assembling these things. All the complexities coming together is really a quality operation and a main reason Ford is in such high demand. I am always impressed.”