C&A Pro purchased

Pride Solutions, Hutchinson, Minn., makers of the Ultra III snowmobile ski, has acquired C&A Pro, based in Mentor, Minn., effective Aug. 1.
Operations now will be located at the Hutchinson location. The new division of Pride Solutions, which also makes plastic components for agricultural applications, will be called C&A Ultra Pro.
Tom Daggett, president of Pride Solutions, said he expects ski production to account for 20% to 30% of his business.
The role of Dale Cormican, owner of C&A Pro, in the new company is unknown. Brandon Cormican will join Pride Solutions as the national sales manager.
The two companies have worked together in the past, with Pride Solutions (also known as Plastic Specialties) manufacturing C&A Pro skis.
The company will have at least five different ski types, including two new ski designs. The new skis, called XT and Razor, are aggressive trail and racing skis and will retail for $389 per pair.
R.U. Outside Moves Facility
R.U. Outside Inc
., of Driggs, Idaho, is scheduled to move its store and warehouse, effective September 1. The catalog store will move to Idaho Falls, Idaho, adjacent to Outlet-4-Outdoors. The warehouse and fulfillment operations will move to Mobridge, S.D., under contract with One World Distribution. Administrative and marketing will remain in Driggs.
“Moving our catalog store to a higher-population area will increase storefront revenue,” Rick LaBelle, president of R.U. Outside, said.
One World Distribution has been handling the R.U. Outside call center since the beginning of the year, and will now take care of stocking and fulfilling orders. One World will also handle Internet orders.
“This will allow us to reduce overhead during our spring and summer off-season months, and to maximize business with unlimited scale during out busy fall and winter season,” LaBelle said. “The South Dakota location is also closer to our core upper midwest and northeast customers, so we can deliver orders faster and more economically.”
Tri-City Expands
Tri-City Polaris
of Centerville, Utah, has opened a second location in Springville, Utah, south of Provo. The new dealership is scheduled to open in late September. The building will be 8,000 sq. ft. on 2.5 acres. The store will be managed by Tom George, a former general manager at a Utah Dodge-Chevy dealership. The dealership will sell Polaris vehicles, including snowmobiles, ATVs, watercraft, Rangers and Victory.
New Leadership Training Course
A correspondence course teaching leadership for recreational groups has been started by Del Albright, ambassador for the BlueRibbon Coalition. The 10-module course, which is not affiliated with the BlueRibbon Coalition, sells for $150.
The course covers topics such as how to work effectively with volunteers, standard recreation management systems, and becoming an overall better leader. Module topics also include safety, meeting management and communication.
Modules are sent electronically, and the user must pass a quiz before advancing to the next module. For more information on the course, titled Recreational Leadership Training Course, view www.delalbright.com/rltc.htm.
MRP Suit Continues
The Minnesota Supreme Court sent the law suit between Motorsports Racing Plus (MRP), the World Snowmobile Association (WSA) and the snowmobile manufactures back to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court reversed a decision by the Appeals Court that the suit, which alleges conspiracy on the part of WSA and the snowmobile manufacturers to put MRP out of business, had no merit. The Supreme Court decision was filed on July 24.
Marshall Plans Expansion
Marshall Distributing, Inc., Cass City, Mich., plans to begin a two-part expansion project, the first stage of which will occur at the company headquarters, where construction to be completed this fall will make room for additional staff members hired to service an expanding customer base for the distributor’s Coldwave snowmobile clothing, Teknic motorcycle clothing, America Eagle plows and expanding Gmax line.
The second stage of the expansion, to be completed by early 2004, involves building a new 68,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Albany, New York, which the firm believes will reduce shipment times to New York, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania by 50%.

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