Warn Industries Celebrates 60 Years

Warn Industries is marking its 60th anniversary this year.

What started in 1948 as a small, family operated business in Seattle, Wash. has turned into a multimillion-dollar corporation employing more than 600 people in and around Portland, Ore., Livonia, Mich., the Netherlands and Saltillo, Mexico.

Warn Industries began business when Arthur Warn developed a revolutionary locking hub system allowing surplus World War II Jeeps to operate in two-wheel drive for civilian use. Then, in 1959, he moved into the electric winch business.

Although Warn Industries still is perhaps best known for its hubs and winches, the company now manufactures a wide variety of products for powersports vehicles, trucks, SUVs and industrial applications. In fact, Warn Powertrain products now are used by some of the world's best-known automobile manufacturers including Ford Motor Co., Chrysler, and others.