John K. A Hanson

Founder at Winnebago Industries, Inc.

John K. A Hanson

John K. A Hanson

Founder at Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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John K. Hanson, pioneer in the recreation vehicle industry, died June 27, 1996, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN, at the age of 83. Hanson is founder and chairman of the board of Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO). Hanson was born in Thor, Iowa, on June 22, 1913, and soon after he and his family moved to Forest City. An early achievement for Hanson was earning his Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts in October, 1929. He graduated from Waldorf College, Forest City, in 1932, and in 1934, he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota. At that time, he was the youngest person to receive a mortician's license in Iowa. Following graduation, Hanson became funeral director in his father's funeral home and began assuming responsibility for his father's furniture and appliance store. Hanson married Luise Voss on November 14, 1935 and in 1937, he purchased Hanson's Furniture and Funeral Home. Hanson drew his first national exposure in 1947 with a Time magazine article that featured a unique sales promotion for his store which allowed customers to exchange farm produce for furniture and appliances. In 1948, Hanson also became a partner in an International Harvester Implement and Oldsmobile dealership which he purchased in 1951. An avid outdoor camping enthusiast, Hanson began his recreation vehicle career by becoming a travel trailer dealer in 1957. Convinced that travel trailer manufacturing was an attractive opportunity for the community, Hanson convinced local investors to lure Modernistic Industries, a California travel trailer manufacturing firm, to open a branch facility in Forest City. In 1959, Hanson became president of the new firm, Modernistic Industries of Iowa

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Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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Former Chief Accounting Officer & Controller at Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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Former President at Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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Former Secretary, Vice President & General Counsel at Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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Treasurer & Director at Pheasants Forever, Inc.

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Vice President at Go RVing, Inc.

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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Former Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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Administrative Assistant at Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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Service Advisor at Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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Service Advisor at Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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John K. A Hanson
Founder at Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Career History
Founder
1958 - 1996

Winnebago Industries, Inc. engages in the design, development, manufacture, and sale of motorized and towable recreation products along with supporting products and services. It builds motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products, and transit buses. The company operates through the following segments: Motorized products and services; and Towable products and services. The Motorized products and services segment includes all products that include a motorized chassis as well as other related manufactured products. The Towable products and services segment provides all products which are not motorized and are towable by another vehicle. Winnebago Industries was founded on February 12, 1958 and is headquartered in Forest City, IA.

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