Winnebago Industries to acquire Grand Design RV company for $500M


FOREST CITY, Iowa – Winnebago Industries Inc. announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Grand Design, a towable recreation vehicle manufacturer, for about $500 million.

According to a news release, the transaction is expected to close by the end of Winnebago’s first fiscal quarter of 2017, subject to approvals and closing conditions.

“Grand Design has built a tremendous reputation and position in our industry by delivering quality products and high levels of customer satisfaction, and we are excited to welcome them to the Winnebago family,” said Michael Happe, Winnebago’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Grand Design’s differentiated and nimble approach to serving today’s towable consumer, proven ability to deliver exciting new products and deep industry expertise complement our existing capabilities and Winnebago’s iconic brand. The addition of Grand Design will accelerate our expansion in the towables business, creating a broader and more balanced portfolio well-positioned to capitalize on the opportunities across the RV market and to drive improved profitability and long-term value for stakeholders.”

Mr. Happe continued, “I look forward to working closely with Don, along with the rest of the Grand Design team. With a shared focus on quality products, dealer relationships and customer service and satisfaction, together we will be even better positioned to serve dealers and customers well into the future.”

Don Clark, Co-Founder and CEO of Grand Design, commented, “This is an exciting day for Grand Design and reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in our rapid growth and success over the past several years — the Grand Design team, our valued customers and our investors. We have incredible respect for Winnebago and are honored to join an iconic company that shares our dealer-centric, customer-focused culture. This shared foundation makes our two companies an ideal fit, and we look forward to maintaining our unique identity as an agile competitor as we leverage Winnebago’s strong platform to broaden Grand Design’s reach and deliver the best possible product and service to our dealers and our customers.”

“We are proud to have partnered with Don and the entire Grand Design team and congratulate them on the exciting new partnership with Winnebago,” said Jay Pauley, a Principal at Summit Partners.

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