By: Matt Lester
WARN Industries is celebrating 60 years of business this year.
WARN winches are one of the most widely distributed ATV and UTV accessories in the powersports market today are, by far, the most trusted name in winching.
THe All-Terrain Vehicle Staff recently had the opportunity to celebrate with the WARN team and tour Warn’s Clackamas, Oregon headquarters.
Warn started out as a small, family operated business and has developed into a multi-million dollar corporation with multiple factories, world-wide sales and one of the most recognizable brands in the powersports and automotive aftermarket.
WARN Industries began in Seattle when Arthur Warn developed a revolutionary locking hub system allowing surplus World War II Jeeps to operate in 2-wheel drive for civilian use.
This invention shaped the hub industry, not only making vehicles more drivable but also improving fuel economy.
WARN powertrain products are used by some of the world’s best-known automobile manufacturers today, including Ford and Chrysler.
In 1959, WARN developed its first off-road electric winch. Since then WARN has become best known for its winches.
The company now makes applications for trucks and SUVs, powersports vehicles, industrial applications and utility purposes.
WARN also makes a wide variety of other products such as skid plates, bumpers, fender flares, lights, ATV/UTV plows, power tools and more. Most recently WARN introduced its Air-Power™ line of 12-volt air compressors, the WARN Works PullzAll™ electric pulling and lifting tool and the WARN PowerPlant™ vehicle-mounted multi-tool.