Factory Tour (Oct. 10, 2012)
Warn is a Oregon company with 2 Portland, OR area facilities totalling over 400,000 sq ft and employing around 500 people. They are well-known around the world for their high quality and durable wheel hubs and winches for 4×4 applications. They also make other 4×4 accessories like bumpers, tire carriers, lighting, body armor and fender flares. Besides the consumer 4×4 market they also have a large range of products focused at military, industrial, OEM and powersports customers.
I had the pleasure recently to visit Warn’s facilities and take a tour from Andy Lilienthal, Warn’s online marketing manager. I’ll let all the pics below tell the story, but I’d like to send out a huge thank you to Warn and Andy for all the time and hospitality. It is really great to see such high quality manufacturing happening right here in the good old USA.
The hot story from Warn is the ZEON line of winches that will officially debut at the SEMA show, last week of October, with winches available at your local Warn dealer later in November. This new winch is stylish and brings each winch component to a whole nother level. It features an all aluminum drum and end housings, making it light weight and allowing it to dissipate heat more effectively. The drum also has a new line attachment system that features a pass through with a thimble instead of the traditional small screw attachment, creating a much stronger line attachment system to the winch. The list goes on from there and includes less bolts holding the end housings on in order to create less entry ways for water into the winch ends. In the end this new winch should set the standard for top of the line off-road recovery winches and I look forward to seeing the industry scramble to catch up. Innovation drives competition and competition is good for the industry and the consumer.
The big question is always: Why spend the high price tag to buy a Warn winch over the competition? The answer is a global distribution network, full parts support, tons of R&D, extreme durability, american production and a lifetime warranty on parts. A winch is a tool that needs to work every time when it is needed, and with Warn winches you can be assured that it will.
(Be sure to check back on ExploringElements.com for full coverage of the SEMA show and the launch of the Zeon Winch from Warn.)
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(Disclaimer: At the time of this article I have no connection to Warn Industries, do not own any of their products and do not receive any compensation, besides the key chain seen above, for writing this article.)