PowerSports Business

February 15, 2016

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Klim Technical Riding Gear in December opened its expanded facilities at its headquar- ters in Rigby, Idaho. Business growth and an expand- ing workforce fueled the need for the 16,000-square-foot building addition. The expanded workspace houses a state-of-the- art product development area, new sales offices, creative marketing space, a new customer service area and the first-ever Klim Experience Showroom. The showroom will be an open environ- ment allowing customers and visitors the opportunity to learn about Klim products and technology while gaining an apprecia- tion for who the people behind Klim are and where they come from. Klim, acquired by Polaris in 2012, cel- ebrated double-digit growth in 2015 and attributes most of its success to the Southeast Idaho region it calls home. The excellent access to the world's best product-testing environment for snowmobile and motor- cycle apparel and abundance of dedicated individuals solidifies the roots of the locally grown brand. "These are exciting times at Klim," said Justin Summers, company founder and president. "We have been able to achieve great things in the past, and we owe a big part of that success to the community we are a part of here in Idaho. From the employ- ees we hire to the core customers we serve, we love Southeast Idaho and everything it offers. The new addition to our headquar- ters in Rigby represents our commitment to this community and our gratitude for such a loyal customer base and the dependable recruits we hire." XPS LUBRICANTS ADDS PARTNERS BRP announced it is sponsoring the War- nert Racing snocross team and the United States Cross-Country (USXC) racing association with its XPS Lubricants brand. XPS Lubricants has had a storied history with both snocross and the Warnert Racing team, including being a huge part of its five national snocross championships. In 2015-16 the team will compete pri- marily on the ISOC National snocross series with Pro Open driver John Stenberg and Pro Lite driver Elias Ishoel. XPS Lubricants joins Makita Industrial Tools and GMC Trucks — both recently re-signed to multi- year partnerships — as major sponsors of the 2015-16 War- nert Racing team. "XPS Lubricants is excited to be working with Warnert Racing again," said Paul Prudhomme, XPS brand manager. "Elias Ishoel and John Stenberg continue the Warnert Racing tradition of putting the team and its sponsors on the podium. XPS is developed like a mechani- cal part during engine devel- opment, and we've proven no other oil protects Rotax engines as well as XPS. We look forward to the brand energy, onsite and online activation Warnert Racing brings represent- ing the XPS brand." "We have been working with BRP since the beginning of our team, and XPS has been there nearly as long; it's great to have XPS back again as a part of our program," said Mark Warnert, co-owner of Warnert Racing. "One of our championships and many of our biggest victories were with XPS on the sleds and drivers. We know we can do fun things with them in our marketing program, too." XPS Lubricants is a sponsor for Ingles Per- formance this season also, supporting the team and defending Pro Open championship winner Danny Poirer's return to East Coast Snocross competition and select ISOC National snocross series events. In addition to Poirier, Ingles Performance includes driv- ers Mathieu Morin, Joe Bishop, Leo Paten- aude and Nathan Patenaude. Also, XPS Lubricants is the presenting sponsor of the Sport 600 class for the USXC X-Country Snowmobile Racing 2015-16 season. Rules dictate stock snowmobiles be used, so it is the ideal venue for XPS synthetic two-stroke oil, which is engineered for Ski-Doo's 600 E-TEC engines. PSB DIGEST www.PowersportsBusiness.com SNOWMOBILE Powersports Business • February 15, 2016 • 37 Schulz wins his second Eagle River World Championship BRP announced its sponsorship of the Warnert Racing snocross team and the USXC racing association with its XPS Lubricants brand. Matt Schulz of Wausau, Wis., captured his second Snow Goer Cup by winning the Eagle River World Championship in January. He also won on the banked ice oval in 2010. Klim added 16,000 square feet to its Idaho headquarters. Matt Schulz of Wausau, Wis., first won the Eagle River World Championship in 2010. The banked ice oval track in Eagle River, Wis., was kind to Schulz once again in 2016, as he led every lap aboard his LRM-powered Ski-Doo mod en route to hoisting the Snow Goer Cup for a second time. Nick Van Strydonk (Polaris), the 2012 champ, finished second, 2.346 sec- onds back, with Cardell Potter (Ski-Doo) third, Gunnar Sterne (Ski-Doo) in fourth, Mike Hakey (Ski-Doo) fifth, Joey Fjerstad (Polaris) sixth and Glen Hart (Ski-Doo) seventh. John T. Prusak, editor and publisher of Snow Goer magazine, a PSB sister publication, spent the race weekend in Eagle River and spoke with Schulz after the race. "I can't believe it!" Schulz exclaimed when he came up to the front stretch and was sur- rounded by reporters. "I've been so close every year since 2010. It got to the point where I started to wonder if we just got lucky in 2010, and I didn't know if we'd ever do it again." "We were really, really good when we unloaded and were really good all weekend except for Friday night, when we changed our torque converter," Schulz explained. "I didn't sleep well last night — for some reason I was really, really nervous. I knew I had a fast sled." Asked his strategy, he said, "I wanted to run the high line and stay out of the rough stuff." PSB Klim opens expanded company headquarters Matt Schulz hoists the coveted Snow Goer Cup after winning his second Eagle River World Championship in Wisconsin.

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