SPEARFISH — The “Leader of the Three World” is back in production once again after suspending its operations in March.
Spearfish-based Lehman Trikes finished its first complete trike since the shutdown and just sent out a loaded truck to distributors in the Northeast last week, said Terree Matson-McCoy, the general manager of Lehman Trikes.
The hiatus was lifted after the company was sold to California-based Champion Trikes for an undisclosed sum on July 27.
Lehman is currently converting six models of bikes into trikes for Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki, she said.
“We are very excited about the reestablishment of this exceptional company and have been working diligently and ambitiously for the past several months reinstating staff, vendors and production,” Craig Arrojo, the president of Champion Trikes said in a prepared statement.
Even before the sale was finalized Arrojo hired people to staff the phones and prepare for production to resume. Since the transaction was completed more workers have been hired and even more — the exact number was not disclosed — will be joining the company in the near future. Arrojo previously said he expects to employ about 50 people in Spearfish and will bring back as many former Lehman employees as he can.
Matson-McCoy said that it is great to be back in production again.
“So many people in the industry are excited to have us back,” Matson-McCoy said.
“Lehman will be producing the same, if not better, quality products than before it closed its doors,” Arrojo said. “It was not because of quality of products that it closed its doors. It was some economic decisions that went awry.”
The industry as a whole suffered with the recession, Matson-McCoy said. And now that it is improving, the industry is turning around. And that is especially good news for trike companies, as she said they get a larger slice of the pie each year as more women are riding and an aging group of motorcyclists are switching to trikes.