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Winnebego Industries, Inc.

Year Submitted: 2006

Process: Fiberglass manufacturing

Industry: Plastics

Wastes Reduced: air emissions, excess material

Location: Hampton IA

No. of employees: unknown

Contact: Priya Bhirud

Phone: 641-585-3535


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.

P2 Application:

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.

  • Total Cost Savings: $586,486.00
  • Comments: Raw Materials

Details of Reductions

  • excess material waste
    Comments: total amount unknown
  • 20,000.0 - Pounds of   air emissions
    Comments: total savings unknown

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.

Source: P2RIC

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