Dowco acquires Auburn Leather motorcycle division

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Manitowoc, Wis.-based Dowco Inc. today revealed it had purchased Auburn Leather Co.'s motorcycle division on June 6. 

“Auburn Leather Company’s position as a tier one supplier to the OE market, as well as their aftermarket product lines, are a good fit for Dowco”, stated Mike Kaczkowski, Dowco executive vice president. “The OEM motorcycle market is finite, and with the drop off in unit sales the past several years, this move makes sense for us to keep our OEM business and supply chain healthy, and the Auburn brand of leather saddlebags will integrate into Dowco’s family of aftermarket brands very well.”

Dowco will sell the leather line of saddlebags to the market under the brand ALC Saddlebags. Auburn Leather will keep its three remaining divisions at its Auburn, Ky., headquarters.

“Our intent is to make the transition as smooth as possible for all of Auburn’s former customers and sales partners. Work began weeks ago with our two companies to inform folks of the timing and allow for adequate order planning. Auburn built up some great industry relationships, and our goal is to build upon those for a strong future,” stated Kaczkowski..

From a press release. Posted by Mary Slepicka