by Chris Collard at Expedition Portal – “I purchased my first Warn winch, an M8000, from one of the original 4Wheel Parts stores in Gardena, California, back in 1984. I didn’t know anything about proper winching techniques, but I knew I needed one—and Warn had the Xerox reputation of the industry. Though I’ve had a variety of winches on my vehicles (all Warn), and put them to service hundreds of times, I’d never had a chance to visit the Holy Grail of winch production until a return trip from the 2015 Northwest Rally.
I met with Systems Technician Chad Schroll at their headquarters in Clackamas, Oregon, and was thrilled to learn that the company has a boots-on-U.S.-ground staff of over 600. During our three-hour walk through the 200,000-foot facility I talked with dozens of machinists, welders, assembly technicians, and quality control specialists. I was impressed to find that many have been with Warn for more than two decades, and some for more than three….”