Polaris Industries, parent company of both Victory and Indian Motorcycle Co., has bought a building previously occupied by Lehman Trikes and will use it as a painting facility for its motorcycle division. The purchase includes the 51,000-square-foot building at 125 Industrial Drive in Spearfish, South Dakota, and its paint equipment. Polaris reportedly anticipates painting both Indian and Victory Motorcycles made at its Spirit Lake, Iowa, plant at the new facility by the end of this year. The acquisition is said to bring about 80 jobs to the area.
Lehman Trikes makes three-wheeled conversions for a variety of motorcycle manufacturers, from Harleys to Hondas. Lehman also signed an agreement with Victory Motorcycles in 2007 for the development, manufacture, and sale of Lehman-branded vehicles. The company moved into the Spearfish facility from Canada in 2004 and expanded its workforce as the popularity of trikes grew. It suffered a setback in 2010 when Harley-Davidson ended its manufacturing deal with Lehman who had been providing components, paint and conversion services for Harley’s Tri-Glide trike. In 2012, it was dealt another blow when founder John Lehman unexpectedly passed away. Lehman would soon be purchased by Craig Arrojo of Champion Investments Inc. and relocated to Garden Grove, California.