After closing it due to problems, Winnebago Industries reopened its SunnyBrook plant in Middlebury.

Posted on Aug. 20, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 20, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY — Winnebago’s second towable plant in Elkhart County is back in business, with the company announcing Monday, Aug. 19, they’d re-opened its SunnyBrook plant.

“We are very excited to reopen the SunnyBrook plant,” said Johnny Hernandez, towables president for Iowa-based Winnebago. “Due to increased demand for our Winnebago-brand products, which doubled in volume within the last year, as well as the redesign of the entire SunnyBrook product line, we needed to reopen the second production facility. The SunnyBrook building has a footprint of over 200,000 square feet, providing a great deal of capacity to continue to increase our production long-term.”

The 2014 Raven, a mid-profile fifth-wheel trailer, is the first product to come off the line, and the Sunset Creek and Remington redesigned travel trailers are also coming. According to Hernandez, “As a result of increased dealer orders for our exciting new products, we plan to continue to ramp up production and hire an additional 60 employees within the next year.”

That’s a change from February, when problems with production led Winnebago to idle the production line . At the time, though, the company expected to reopen it.

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