Warn Acquires Factor 55

For the past few years, Factor 55’s recovery products have been steadily, if not rapidly gaining popularity amongst overland and off-road enthusiasts. Their line of carefully crafted closed-system winching products have been especially popular, so it comes as no surprise that they eventually caught the attention of famed winch and recovery gear manufacturer Warn. We figured Warn would answer the call with a line of competing products, but it appears they’ve actually joined forces and acquired Factor 55 as a new division of the Warn family. The announcement came earlier today and noted that Michael Costa, Factor 55’s President, and founder, along with his team, will continue their focus on designing and developing new products and disruptive technology to bring to market.

“Given their premium brand, experienced engineering design capabilities, and specialization in CLOSED SYSTEM WINCHING products, we feel strongly about the complementary nature of the Factor 55 product offering and realizing the benefits this partnership brings.” Kyle Shiminski, Vice President & General Manager of Warn Industries, stated: “We look forward to working closely with Michael and the entire Factor 55 team, and continuing their history of premium, innovative products for more secure winch and rigging operation.”

While no direct intentions of product evolutions have been stated, it’s safe to assume that Factor 55 and Warn lines of recovery straps, hardware, and winch kits will begin merging their design technologies in the near future. That’s an exciting prospect, especially when you factor in the larger design budgets their teams will be working with as part of Warn industries.

“We are excited to be part of the Warn Industries family, joining forces with a company with a rich history of market leadership, innovation, and a highly-recognized, premium brand. We are very proud of what we have accomplished over these eight-plus years at Factor 55, and partnering with another premium brand where our products accompany one another so well is a great feeling. Our team will maintain their focus on designing and introducing the high-level of product ingenuity Factor 55 customers have grown accustomed to. We look forward to continuing that tradition in addition to drawing upon resources available as part of Warn Industries.” – Michael Costa.

To learn more about Warn or Factor 55, check out the links to their websites below.

Warn Industries.           Factor 55


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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.