Archive for August, 2015

Trig’s Smokehouse Joins Up for UTV/ATV Championship

Posted on August 10th, 2015 in Sledder News

Eagle River, Wisconsin (August 7, 2015) – The AMSOIL World Championship Derby Track – the most recognizable name in snowmobile racing venues – announced today that Trig’s Smokehouse is the title sponsor of the upcoming World Championship Side x Side UTV/ATV Derby in Eagle River, Wisconsin.

trigs“We are thrilled to have the award-winning Trig’s Smokehouse partner with us in bringing the August 28-30, 2015 UTV/ATV schedule of races,” said Chuck Decker, President and owner of the Derby Track. “Race fans can savor their products as they watch the racers battle for a $15,000 total purse!”

Trig’s Smokehouse in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, produces more than 70 varieties of fresh and smoked sausages, hams, bacon and other fine meats. They combine state-of-the-art smokers and only the finest hardwood chips for smoking to make their award-winning, delicious and one-of-a-kind products. Trig’s Smokehouse Fresh Bratwurst has twice taken took top honors at the World’s Best Brat Competitions in Watertown, Wisconsin

Trig’s Smokehouse World Championship Side x Side UTV/ATV Derby will offer fans three days of racing excitement and fun. In addition to the sanctioned races, there will be an “X Games”-type show, displays and demo rides by leading manufacturers, high stakes poker run, live music, swap meet, large bonfire and on-grounds camping.

For more information on tickets, camping and schedule of events, call 715-479-4424 or visit


Polaris Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Posted on August 10th, 2015 in Sledder News

MEDINA, Minn. (July 29, 2015) – Polaris Industries Inc. today inducted a retired executive, two premier dealerships, a leading European distributor, and a key supplier into the Polaris Hall of Fame. They were honored for their significant, long-term contributions to the company’s success during a ceremony at the Polaris National Sales Meeting held in Las Vegas.

The Polaris Hall of Fame was established in 2004 during the company’s 50th anniversary. Retired employees, Polaris dealers, and key material and technology suppliers have been recognized annually for their roles in the company’s growth and success.

“It’s our privilege each year to honor special individuals and partners like this year’s Polaris Hall of Fame inductees,” said Polaris CEO Scott Wine. “They have exhibited extraordinary dedication and commitment that has made Polaris a leader in the powersports industry.”

The 2015 Polaris Hall of Fame inductees are:

Bill Fischer

Bill Fisher and family

Bill Fisher, who served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) from July 1999 to the end of December 2014. During this time, he oversaw significant expansion and dramatic upgrades of all elements of the company’s information systems. These enhancements were instrumental to the company’s significant growth during that period. From 2005-2013, Bill also served as General Manager of Service, overseeing all technical, dealer, and consumer service operations.

Don Ricke (inducted posthumously) founded TEAM Industries, which since the late-1960s has been an invaluable supplier of suspension and driveline components for a wide range of Polaris vehicles. An engineer and manufacturing specialist, Don Ricke developed innovative solutions for the unique needs of clients such as Polaris. He was also instrumental in helping Polaris develop its first ATVs in the 1980s. Don Ricke died in 1997 and his family owns and operates TEAM Industries today.

Gene’s Polaris Country evolved from Gene and Jackie Anderson’s modest, suburban Houston, Texas, lawn & garden dealership into a Polaris Hall of Fame business with their passion for riding Polaris products, commitment to customer service, and by delivering on the slogan, “Ride Before You Buy!” Gene’s became a Polaris dealer in the late 1980s and achieved tremendous sales success with Polaris watercraft and off-road vehicles (ORV). The dealership is a leader in Polaris ORV sales, service, and engagement, meeting the needs of customers who use the vehicles for work, hunting, or mudding.

ack and Suzie Hubble, Myrlene Hubble and Chad Fischer and team

Jack and Suzie Hubble, Myrlene Hubble and Chad Fischer and team

 Triple S Polaris has become a leading Polaris ORV dealer in the Western United States through years of hard work and dedication by owners Jack and Suzanne Hubble. They grew their first dealership in suburban Salt Lake City through premium customer service and a deep engagement in recreational riding circles. They now serve Polaris ORV riders from their original store and a second dealership they opened in 2012 in West Haven, Utah.

Brandt-Polaris Oy, a division of Finnish powersports industry leader Otto Brandt Group, the country’s exclusive Polaris distributor since 1994. The Brandt-Polaris Oy division was founded in 2003 and has over 65 dealers in four countries, primarily in Finland. The team’s commitment to the Polaris brand and connection to its dealers has helped make Polaris No. 1 in Finnish ORV market share and No. 3 in the snowmobile business.

New Managers for Polaris Sales & Marketing

Posted on August 6th, 2015 in Sledder News


Medina, Minnesota (August 8, 2015) – Chris Wolf, Polaris VP of Snowmobiles, announced that Julie Benton, who has been with Polaris since 2008, has been promoted to the position of Snowmobile Marketing Manager.

“In her new role, Julie will lead the development and execution of marketing strategies and plans that generate consumer demand and drive retail sales for the Snowmobile Division,” Wolf said. “Plus, demonstrating her passion for excellence, Julie is also simultaneously completing her MBA at the University of St. Thomas.”

She succeeds Andy Kroll, who has joined the Polaris Parts, Garments & Accessories (PGA) ORV Accessories team as Senior Category Manager for RZR Accessories.

“We thank Andy for his three years of service to the Snow team, and wish him continued success in his new role,” Wolf said.

Prior to being appointed to her new role as Snowmobile Marketing Manager, Benton held multiple marketing roles for Polaris PGA, and for the Polaris Snowmobile Division.

Wolf also announced that Scott Kuklock has been promoted to Product Lines Sales Manager for snowmobiles.

scott“Scott has been with Polaris for over 14 years, including seven years as District Sales Manager before he took on his most recent role as Snow Product Line Sales Specialist,” Wolf said. “In his new role, Scott will be responsible for sales planning and execution, which includes retail and wholesale program development, market review, sales forecasts, and competitive analysis. Scott is also enthusiastic for self-improvement, as seen by his pursuit of an MBA at St. Cloud State.”