Winnebego Industries, Inc.
Winnebago Industries' environmental goals include the reduction of air emissions, reduction of
excess material used and promotion of recycling and reuse of materials. This internship was
focused on reducing air emissions by decreasing the amount of gelcoat/resin used to manufacture
fiberglass parts. In addition, other pollution prevention opportunities were evaluated.
The use of a fluid monitoring system will help the operator control the amount of product used to manufacture the fiberglass parts. The cost estimate for the metering system is $33,000, leading to annual cost savings of $586,486 in raw material costs. In addition, this fluid metering system will result in an estimated reduction of air emissions of 5 to 10 tons per year.
Details of Reductions
Additional Information :
Winnebago Industries, headquartered in Forest City, is a leading United States manufacturer of
motorhomes and self-contained recreation vehicles used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor
recreation activities. Winnebago's fiberglass plant located in Hampton primarily produces
fiberglass parts and assemblies for delivery as a finished component to the Forest City main
assembly plant. The majority of parts are produced on two lines using chopped fiberglass
sprayed with gels over plastic molds. Winnebago Industries has a history of pollution prevention
and recycling programs at other plants.
The Zero Waste Network is one of eight Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange P2RxCenters , serving as a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), WRRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), ZeroWasteNet (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WSPPN (Pacific Southwest), PPRC (Northwest). We are a proud member of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.