August '18

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44 • RV PRO • August 2018 rv-pro.com O R I G I N A L E Q U I P M E N T W hen John Winegard started his TV antenna business in earnest in 1954, telephones came with party lines, Russia's Sputnik satellite was still years away and black- and-white television was a novelty in many parts of the country. Initially working out of his garage, Winegard turned his background in radio repair from his time in the military and his fascination with the emerging medium of television into a successful business that today is a cutting-edge manufacturer and global distributor of high-tech antennas for consumer and commercial applications, including the RV industry. Along the way, the business has grown to employ more than 450 people at the company's 400,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility in John Wine- gard's hometown of Burlington, Iowa, located in the southeastern portion of the Hawkeye State. Winegard Tuned in to the RV Market From humble beginnings making TV antennas, the company has prospered in the age of hot- spot Wi-Fi and 4G LTE thanks to a strong focus on R&D and strategic relationships with satellite providers, OEMs and dealers. By K. Schipper PHOTOS BY DONALD K. ALIPRANDI

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