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April 27, 2016

Polaris painting bikes in the Spearfish

Polaris Industries, the outdoor motor sports giant and maker of Victory and Indian motorcycle brands, has expanded its operations to Spearfish. The company converted the former Lehman Trike plant into a paint facility for motorcycle tanks, fenders and frames.

Polaris opened the 51,000 square foot facility in November. The Medina, Minn., based company, established in 1954, is best known for snowmobiles. Polaris began producing Victory motorcycles in 1998. It purchased the Indian Motorcycle brand in 2011. The Spearfish facility, its second in South Dakota, paints parts for both the Indian and Victory motorcycle lines.

“Polaris has had a presence in South Dakota for almost 20 years, but the passion and respect for the motorcycle industry has been here for much longer,” said Gov. Daugaard.

“Our motorcycle division, including Victory, Indian Motorcycle, and our moto-roadster, Slingshot, grew by 67 percent last year,” said Steve Menneto, president, motorcycles, Polaris. “The additional liquid paint capacity provided by the Spearfish facility will allow us to meet the growing consumer demand for our Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands.”

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