PowerSports Business

March 13, 2017

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Camso is completing the expansion of its Shawinigan, Québec, manufacturing facility to support the demand of its new Camso DTS 129 product, the dirt-to-snow bike conver- sion track system. Camso is growing its Shawinigan facility footprint by 25 percent and its manufactur- ing capacity by 50 percent by adding a new assembly line following a wholehearted response from powersports enthusiasts over the new Camso DTS 129. "In addition to adding an assembly line and increasing our workforce, best-in-class LEAN manufacturing practices were also implemented," said Emmanuelle Beaudry, plant executive director for powersports at Camso. "This is our second expansion, with the first being in 2011 to support our ATV and UTV track systems business growth when we moved into a new larger facility." Camso announced the DTS 129 to the market in the spring of 2016, with availability to riders through its established network of thousands of powersports dealers worldwide in fall 2016. Start-up of the new assembly line was as planned, and by mid-November the added production capacity was able to serve Camso business model of same day shipments on daily orders. Final touches on the facility were completed at the end of January. HERFINDAHL CLAIMS USXC I-500 WINNIPEG TO BEMIDJI The 42nd running of the Seven Clans I-500 is in the books. A total of 80 participants left the Red River Coop Speedway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 10. The drivers raced over 200 miles the first day, ending at the Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. The Pro 600 division leader after Day 1 was Re Wadena on an Arctic Cat. Day 2 was run in the ditches around the Thief River Falls area for a total of 195 miles. Pro rider Zach Herfindahl ran a phenomenal Day 2, making up over 6 minutes on the com- petition with a fast Arctic Cat. Day 3 saw the drivers racing 125 miles over rivers, woods and ditches to Bemi- dji, Minnesota. Juniors and Vintage racers joined the race for Day 3 with more than 100 machines leaving the starting line in Thief River Falls. After 525 miles, Herfindahl had a total time of 7:46:23. In the Pro 600 class, the top 20 included 11 Arctic Cats, seven Polaris and two Ski- Doo sleds. ARCTIC CAT WINS AT USXC, RMSHA RACES Team Arctic terrain racers kept up their torrid pace to close out January with crushing per- formances at the USXC Thief River Falls 300 cross-country and season-opening RMSHA hillclimb in Bellevue, Idaho. When the snow dust settled, Team Green was on top with 21 class victories and 67 podium finishes. Four races into the USXC season, and it was still all-green atop the victory stand. Fol- lowing two days of rough, fast cross-country in the ditches and on the rivers around Thief River Falls, Minnesota, Team Arctic claimed 16 of 21 class wins and 37 of 63 podium finishes — the team's most dominant per- formance to date. The unconquerable Zach Herfindahl remained undefeated in the Pro 600 Stock class, while also taking his third Pro Open win. David Brown also scored two Expert 85 class wins in TRF while his father took two wins in the Classic IFS categories. Other class winners at the USXC cross- country in TRF include Joe Wood, Chad Lian, Cody Wolter, Garet Grzadzielewski, Lucas Burnside, Paul Sillerud, Pete Mattison, Andy Pake, Sara Larson and Blaise Potucek. Team Arctic hillclimb racers launched their season at the RMSHA event in Bellevue, Idaho, where they scored five class wins and 20 podium finishes aboard Arctic Cat M Series snowmobiles featuring the ProClimb chassis. Class winners included Todd Tupper (who claimed two wins), Jeremy Archibald, Russ Tapio and David McClure. "It was encouraging to see wins in the Stock, Improved and Mod classes at the first hillclimb of the season, and we know we can improve on that," said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic race manager. "And once again our cross-country program is firing on all cylin- ders. We're in the hectic, middle part of the race season. Our teams and racers are work- ing extra hard right now. We appreciate their effort and the results they're getting." HIBBERT RECORDS 125TH PRO NATIONAL SNOCROSS CAREER VICTORY Monster Energy/Arctic Cat/Ram Truck's Tucker Hibbert recorded his 125th Pro National Snocross career victory Saturday, Feb. 4 at round 10 of the ISOC National DIGEST www.PowersportsBusiness.com SNOWMOBILE Powersports Business • March 13, 2017 • 31 Camso adding to manufacturing plant Todd Tupper won two races at the RMSHA hillclimb in Bellevue, Idaho. See Digest, Page 32 A successful launch of its dirt-to-snow bike conversion system has led to expansion at Camso's headquarters.

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