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California, Iowa plants affected as Polaris consolidates production

MINNEAPOLIS, MN –  Polaris Industries Inc. on Monday announced it will discontinue manufacturing at one plant and move fabrication work from another. The company said it is taking the actions to consolidate production of like products and better leverage plant capacity. About 390 jobs are affected. Polaris said a majority of the positions “will be relocated” within the company’s manufacturing network.

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Harley-Davidson ships 70,831 units in first quarter, but retail sales down

MILWAUKEE, WI – Harley-Davidson shipped 70,831 units worldwide in first-quarter 2017, on track with its forecast that it would ship between 66,000 and 71,000 units, but maintains its 2017 full-year forecast that shipments will be “flat to down modestly.” U.S. and Canadian retail sales were down compared to this time last year, the company reported. “First-quarter U.S.

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Midwest Public Auction owner Smotherman files bankruptcy

NASHVILLE, TN – The owner of a Missouri auction company facing state allegations of misleading business practices in dealings with powersports Dealers has filed bankruptcy ahead of a criminal trial for one participant and a state civil suit against the owner. Donnie Michael “Tiger” Smotherman, owner of Midwest Public Auction and its parent, Auction House Productions/USAS,

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Indian releases 2017 Chieftain Limited, Elite limited edition

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Indian’s just-released 2017 Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite “provide a sleek, meaner look” and “represent a bold evolution of the Chieftain line,” the company said. “Our goal was to evolve the award-winning Chieftain platform with new models that elevated the overall style of this bike significantly, while still staying true to the

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Call for Judges: 25th Anniversary Top 100 Dealer competition

SUNBURY, OH – Dealernews issues a Call for Judges for the 25th Anniversary Top 100 Dealer competition. The Dealernews Top 100 Dealer program recognizes motorcycle and powersports dealerships across the United States and Canada for their Commitment to the Customer. The “Dealernews Top 100” is the largest non-affiliated competition of its kind in the motorcycle/powersports industry. Entrants are

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Action Alert: California SB 249, threat to OHV recreation, passes committee

UPDATED, April 6, 2017 SACRAMENTO, CA – A bill that would change the way California funds and directs off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation is proceeding through the state legislature. If approved, organizations say the bill would have disastrous consequences for off-road recreation in the state – and the businesses that rely on it. Senate Bill 249 was

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