Sturgis MotoCruzin USA, producer of a complete line of motorized bicycles, will start production in Sturgis in October.
Chuck Jepson and Bruce Lindholm will have a manufacturing and license agreement with Motoped, a Kansas City, MO,-based company. They will redesign the product’s marketing and distribution channels and move the business into leased space in the Sturgis Industrial Park in October. They will employ five people to start and expect to expand capacity in the near future with plans to build a 20,000-square-foot production facility.
Sturgis MotoCruzin USA will market and produce three distinct Motoped products, all of which were on display at the Buffalo Chip campground during the Sturgis® Motorcyle Rally. Motopeds are motorized bicycles equipped with engines less than 50 cc, as well as, mountain bike parts mounted to a custom frame and swing arm. They may be ridden on the street without registration, but are limited to 30 mph speed limit.
“Locating our new company in Sturgis was an easy choice. With the Sturgis brand recognition, immediate access to hundreds of miles of trails, and business relocation advice from the Sturgis Economic Development Corp, we are confident we have made the right decision for our business to succeed,” Jepson said.
SEDC President Pat Kurtenbach added, “Chuck and Bruce chose the Sturgis Industrial Park as a natural fit for their new business due to the cluster of other metal-related manufacturers and the UPS distribution facility on site. South Dakota’s business-friendly environment was an important draw to relocate the company. We are pleased to welcome Sturgis MotoCruzin USA to Sturgis.”
Chuck Jepson, Co-Owner
Sturgis MotoCruzin USA
Pat Kurtenbach, President