GARDEN GROVE, Calif. - Champion Trikes has taken over operations of Lehman Trikes through its sister company, Champion Investments Inc., according to a press announcement on Lehman's website.
Lehman Trikes USA will resume operations at its Spearfish, S.D. facility, first by providing service parts and then launching into full operations as vendors and personnel are added to the resurrected company.
The company will operate as a stand-alone company with it's own models, all under the Lehman name, says Jim Pinto VP of Champion.
The longtime trike company suspended operations in March of this year not long after the death of founder John Lehman when a proposed sale of the company failed to attract investors. A combination of factors had led up to this decision, including the move by Harley-Davidson to sever ties with Lehman after the Motor Co. moved to start building its own production trike in 2008, the Tri-Glide.
In the release, Champion CEO Craig L. Arrojo said this of Lehman, "They are an exceptional organization, firmly grounded in high quality products and exceptional customer service. Their ISO 9001:2008 speaks to their commitment. … Lehman and Champion Trikes, in team, will enrich both companies and improve our mutual performance.”
For more stories on Champion, Lehman and the trike market click on the following links:
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Lehman Trikes suspends operations
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