Archive for May, 2015

In the Rear View: 5th Annual Honor Our Troops Ride

Posted on May 27th, 2015 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News, Uncategorized

Each month, will feature a tour story from the archives of Minnesota Snowmobiling and Wisconsin Snowmobile News. In the Rear View is a way to look back on the adventures we’ve had, while hopefully providing you with inspiration and ideas to plan your next snowmobile trip.

With Memorial Day just behind us, we find it only fitting that our first look back is on a ride that honors our nation’s military. This story was originally published in the March 2014 issue of Wisconsin Snowmobile News. 

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Arctic Cat Sponsors Stewart for NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Posted on May 15th, 2015 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Plymouth, Minnesota (May 15, 2015) – Arctic Cat, one of the most widely recognized and respected names in the snowmobile, ATV and Side-by-Side industry, will join Bass Pro Shops as the co-primary sponsor of Tony Stewart in the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race May 16 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

StewartStewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, will make his 17th appearance in the All-Star Race Saturday night. Stewart won the 2009 All-Star Race, which was the first victory of any kind for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the team Stewart co-owns with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas.

“Passion is a part of everything we do, and no one races with more passion than Tony Stewart,” said Greg Williamson, Chief Marketing Officer, Arctic Cat. “We’re very familiar with Tony as a racecar driver, and just as familiar with him as a sportsman. He has experience with our entire product lineup, which includes snowmobiles, ATVs and Side-by-Sides. He’s driven them all and has provided some great feedback. After being with him so many times off the track, it’s great to be with him on the track for this weekend’s All-Star Race.”

“Whether it’s on my property in Indiana or when I go on vacation and ride with my crew guys, Arctic Cat is always with me,” said Stewart, whose most recent purchase was an Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000 X Limited. “I give them a workout in every season and they never let me down. I get them straight off the floor at Bass Pro Shops, where Arctic Cat has a full line of ATV and Side-by-Sides.”

Stewart is a NASCAR veteran with the second-most All-Star Race starts of all active drivers. This year’s race will be broken up into five segments totaling 110 laps, with segments 1-4 each being 25 laps before the final, 10-lap shootout for the $1 million victory. The field consists of race winners from the 2014 and 2015 Sprint Cup seasons, as well as former All-Star Race winners and Sprint Cup champions who are full-time competitors.

The All-Star Race begins with qualifying at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX Sports 1, PRN Radio and SiriusXM.

Arctic Cat’s Minnesota Operations to Expand with $27M Investment

Posted on May 14th, 2015 in Sledder News

(May 14, 2015) Arctic Cat Inc. today announced that it plans to invest nearly $27 million in its manufacturing facilities in Thief River Falls and St. Cloud, Minnesota, resulting in the creation of approximately 50 jobs.

ACCommented Arctic Cat’s President and CEO Christopher T. Metz: “We are excited to strengthen our Minnesota manufacturing footprint and position the company for continued long-term success. We will be adding a new state-of-the-art production line in Thief River Falls and expanding our engine manufacturing operations in St. Cloud, in order to meet the demand for our innovative, quality products. We are grateful to the local leadership of Thief River Falls and St. Cloud, and the state of Minnesota, for their support as we invest in our shared future.”

Arctic Cat plans to invest approximately $26 million in its Thief River Falls facility for a new paint line and other facility improvements that are estimated to create an additional 39 jobs. The paint line will enable continued growth in the company’s recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) business.

In St. Cloud, the company plans to invest roughly $400,000 in expanded assembly capability that is anticipated to add about 10 positions at its engine manufacturing facility located there. The company manufactures and assembles ATV and snowmobile engines at its 56,000-square-foot Engine Manufacturing Division in St. Cloud.

“For over 50 years, Arctic Cat has operated and expanded in Minnesota, creating thousands of jobs for hard-working Minnesotans,” said Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. “I congratulate Arctic Cat and its many dedicated employees for their successes. I thank them for choosing to expand their operations again, right here in Minnesota. Arctic Cat’s expansion will be an asset to the area and the state.”

Arctic Cat chose to stay in Minnesota, where the company has deep manufacturing roots, and a highly educated and skilled labor force. The planned projects are eligible to receive local and state tax incentives.


PRINOTH and Cascade Machinery Partner to Serve Midwest Groomer Market

Posted on May 4th, 2015 in Sledder News

North American Head Quarters, Granby (May 4, 2015) – PRINOTH, the world’s leading manufacturer of snow grooming and tracked utility vehicles, and Cascade Machinery Inc. are proud to announce today a new partnership. Cascade Machinery Inc. will distribute PRINOTH Alpine and Trail grooming equipment, OEM parts and support after sales service for the Midwest USA Grooming Industry. PRINOTH, with an already strong network in North America with six regional offices, can now count on Cascade Machinery Inc. to serve customers who of alpine and trail applications. PRINOTH’s vehicles provide the best ski slopes for skiers and snowboarders, and trails for snowmobiles and cross-country skiing.

PRINOTH“Our partnership with PRINOTH will maintain the strong brand recognition that PRINOTH has in the Midwest market while taking customer service to a whole new level that is synonymous with the Cascade name. The complete team look forward to being the PRINOTH Distributor that the Midwest demands with presence in the Midwest for parts, service and sales,’’ stated Mr. Rob Walz, Vice-President of Cascade Machinery Inc. and President of Cascade Mountain Ski Area.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to represent an amazing product line that we have always relied upon to create the best groomed skiing surfaces our skiing guests have come to expect at Cascade Mountain. Rob and I look forward to building our new partnership, Cascade Machinery Inc., on the same premise of Cascade Mountain, “Exceeding Expectations, One customer at a Time” by providing customer support of parts, service, and sales of the PRINOTH grooming line-up,” proudly confirmed Mr. Mike Taft, President.

‘’PRINOTH is committed to provide the best in snow grooming equipment throughout North America. PRINOTH products are a key differentiator in providing the highest quality grooming experience. We are excited to have Cascade Machinery be part of our team. We are convinced that they will provide exceptional service to the Mid-West snow grooming customer base” said Dave Hunter, Director of Snow Grooming, PRINOTH North America’’

Cascade Machinery Inc. will distribute all PRINOTH Alpine and Trail grooming products as well as used vehicles, OEM parts, after sales service and will also offer on-site training to customers.

Team Green’s Impressive Hillclimb Season at an End

Posted on May 4th, 2015 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Thief River Falls, Minn. (May 4, 2015) – Team Arctic Hillclimb racers swarmed the final two RMSHA events of the 2015 season, unleashing an unstoppable display of power, speed and handling to capture 15 wins, two King titles and three high point championships aboard Arctic Cat M series snowmobiles featuring the ProClimb chassis.

David McClure

David McClure

Nine wins and two King titles came at last weekend’s event in Grand Targhee, Idaho. Kyle Tapio stamped his authority on the big power classes, taking wins in both 800 and 1000 Improved classes before capping the weekend with the Improved King title. Joining Tapio with multiple class wins were Garth Kaufman, who took victory in 600 Stock and 700 Stock; David McClure, who won both 600 and 700 Improved; and Eben Abshire, who won Semi Pro Stock, Mod and King titles. Todd Tupper nailed the ninth victory for Team Green by winning Masters Improved, making it a Team Arctic sweep of all the Improved classes.

It was a similar story two weeks prior, at the penultimate round of the 2015 RMSHA season in Crested Butte, Colorado, with Tapio, Tupper and McClure each winning a class, and Abshire sweeping all three Semi Pro events. The late season success by Team Green culminated for a combined 27 podium places from Grand Targhee and Crested Butte.

Todd Tupper

Todd Tupper

Team Arctic’s McClure, Tupper and Abshire proved their winning consistency by capturing a RMSHA season high-point championship title despite an abbreviated race season due to marginal snow conditions.

“Our success at the final two RMSHA races is the true measure of our fantastic racers and their HCR and M series snowmobiles,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Race Coordinator. “Ending the season on top and with so many victories will set the foundation for continued success next season. On behalf of everyone at Arctic Cat, we’d like to thank all our racers and crews for their hard work and dedication during the entire race season. We’re proud of everyone on the team.”