Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
Howard, You say potato and I say spud.
First, congrats on owning a final run product. Beautiful machine.
If you take a machine that manufactures a part and move it from Comesay to Comesah and make the same thing with that machine, call it whatever you want. I'm sticking with my assessment.
I don't dispute that yours and others were assembled in IA or that the assembly was done with great care. I say that the stock is out of the sources KM had in-house or contracted. Part of a buyout, often a contentious part, is transfer of obligation. Polaris has a bank of ambulance chasers but I don' t recall them using any overt means to divest Polaris of the obligations KM had in place. Maybe, but if so they did a pretty good job of keeping it on the down low. Maybe the sale was dated at a time that minimized outstanding obligation. Even then, so many obligations in a modern manufacturing company I can' t imagine they could cover all the bases. And why would Polaris want to go in-house for stock? You buy the works and there are parts and you want to continue the legacy until you retool. Use the stuff. Don't reinvent the wheel while you are busy reinventing the wheel.
I am not nearly as familiar with what inventory Polaris got from KM as I am what inventory KM got from Gilroy but I am aware that Polaris sold off a significant amount of Gilroy tooling and castings that they acquired as part of the KM deal. That smells to me like a large cache of KM parts ended up in reserve at Spirit Lake. There may only have been 25 a year assembled to maintain continuity, but I bet there could have been more without Polaris having to shake trees for components.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry