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Jun. 15, 2009 – Aftermarket Digest

June 15, 2009
Filed under Features

National distributor restructures its management team

National distributor Tucker Rocky has made several management changes in an effort to provide more dealer support and increase the company’s success, according to a press release from Tucker.
“My goal is to reaffirm our culture and management philosophy to ensure that our customers, our sales force, our vendors and our company continue to succeed and grow,” Tucker Rocky President Steve Johnson said in the release.
The most prominent adjustment for the company is an increased focus on business segments. As a result, Sean Phillips was promoted to senior segment director and reports directly to Johnson. Phillips will lead Tucker Rocky’s segment and brand managers.
Also reporting to Johnson will be Stephan Ulbrich, director of marketing. Ulbrich will lead marketing and advertising programs that promote Tucker Rocky and its products and services.
Both of these changes will allow Tim Pritchard, Tucker Rocky’s vice president of sales, to focus on leading sales and customer service and continue to work with Johnson on vendor and industry relationships.
Another change is Ross Hanson, who will now serve as vice president of operations. He will take over leadership of Tucker Rocky’s distribution centers and logistics.

Western Power Sports opens new warehouse

Western Power Sports Inc. (WPS) announced the opening of a new warehouse in Elizabethtown, Penn., just outside of Harrisburg.
The new warehouse is in addition to the three other WPS warehouses that are located in Boise, Idaho, Memphis, Tenn., and Fresno, Calif.
“Our product lines and product offerings continue to increase and this was a natural next step for us to expand into the Northeast,” WPS President Craig Shoemaker said in a press release. “The addition of this new warehouse in Pennsylvania will allow us to better serve dealers in the Northeastern part of the United States.”
WPS began shipping product from its Elizabethtown warehouse in mid-May. Dealers interested in becoming a WPS dealer can visit www.wps-inc.com for more information and a list of product lines distributed by WPS.

S&S Cycle received approval to sell V-twin engine in Europe

S&S Cycle will now be able to offer European custom bike builders the opportunity to build custom motorcycles containing a V-twin power plant. The?La Crosse, Wis.-based company said it has received EURO III approval for its carbureted V-Series engine, the V113. The V113 is a 113 cubic inch V-Series engine.?
“We are very pleased about achieving EURO III certification for our engines,”?S&S?Cycle Director of Business Development Michael Scaletta said in a press release. “Not only does it demonstrate the sophistication of our technology, but also highlights our commitment to protecting the environment by producing emissions-compliant, high-performance products — something we have been doing since the first S&S 50-state legal engines appeared in our catalog in 1998.”

Midland Radio Expands Intercom Systems To U.S.

Midland Radio Corp., a manufacturer of two-way communication products, has announced the expansion of Bluetooth Wireless Intercom Systems in North and South America.
Based on the successful launch in Europe, Midland Radio decided to expand the line into North and South America. The Bluetooth Wireless Intercom devices cater to any type of rider. The models include the BT2-D, which has a complete wireless intercom system for both the rider and passenger.

Scorpion launches Women’s XDR Gear

Scorpion Sports Inc. has released its Women’s XDR (Xtreme Distance Rider) gear.
The Voyage jacket features a waterproof and breathable 600 denier outershell. When combined with versatile ThermoShell inner liners, the Voyage jacket is perfect for rides in temperatures ranging from 35 degrees up through 85 degrees. Waterproof-zippered chest/sleeve vents work in conjunction with a large rear exit vent to provide maximum air flow.
Scorpion Sports also named David Alari as its national sales manager. Alari has worked with Pro Circuit, Helmet House and Alpinestars as national sales manager, regional sales manager and brand manager. Alari’s experiences will help Scorpion Sports,’ “aggressive growth plans,” Rick Miller, Scorpion president, said in the release. psB

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