A Forest City-based motor home manufacturer has announced a deal to purchase an Indiana rival.
Winnebago Industries executives have announced Winnebago will be purchasing the assets of Middlebury, Indiana-based SunnyBrook RV Incorporated in a $5.7 million deal. The newly-formed Winnebago of Indiana will continue to use the SunnyBrook brand on towable products. But Winnebago will expand the product line made in Indiana, building Winnebago trailers and fifth-wheel products there.
Winnebago began making only motorized RVs more than 40 years ago and the purchase of SunnyBrook marks Winnebago’s re-entry into making RVs which can be towed.
SunnyBrook was founded in 1992 and has a more than 250 employees working in its 200,000 square feet manufacturing facility in Indiana. SunnyBrook is considered the country’s 13th largest travel trailer manufacturer. Winnebago Industries is the market leader.
SunnyBrook’s founder and C.E.O. will stay on as manager, according to Winnebago.
(Reporting by Bob Fisher, KGLO-KRIB, Mason City)