A recent press release from Polaris announced that the American manufacturer is moving some of their production to Mexico, "in an effort to improve its long-term competitive positioning, increase operational efficiencies and position the company for future growth." The statement also mentioned that "The realignment will lead to the eventual sale or closure of Polaris' Osceola, Wisconsin manufacturing operations over time," echoing the all-too-common departure of American-based manufacturing to cheaper regions overseas.
But a follow-up missive clarified that "Victory Freedom V-Twin engines - a proprietary and original design for the Victory brand - will be moved to the Spirit Lake, Iowa, USA plant in 2011." The decidedly less buzzword-intensive email also emphasized the prior message's statement that "Victory motorcycle assembly will remain in the Company's Spirit Lake facility," cheekily adding that, "Victory motorcycles are still American Motorcycles - if you don't think so I would suggest not yelling your opinion out in the cafeteria in Spirit Lake!"
These are trying times for American manufacturing, so it's understandable that Victory feels the need to clarify their stance. Outsourcing has now become the rule, not the exception; even Italian brands like Vespa and Japanese manufacturers like Kawasaki and Honda are refocusing their production base to places like Indonesia and Thailand. Meanwhile, Harley-Davidson is augmenting its coffers by seeking increased sales from foreign markets.
>>Update: A Victory rep responded to my inquiry, clarifying that none of the motorcycle operations are moving overseas; all motorcycle and v-twin powerplant production will move to Spirit Lake, Iowa.<<
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