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September 26, 2003

Albany-- Indian motorcycles, which began motorcycle production in 1900, has halted production and laid off its entire workforce, saying financial troubles could force them into bankruptcy. 

"Hog Wild Motorcycles of Albany" is the only Indian dealership in South Georgia. 

Owner Billy Potter says the announcement came as a shock, but his business will remain open. "We have a good stock of motorcycles on hand. I think Indian will be able to overcome it," Potter said. "They're like any other industry, they're having to cut their costs and overhead down."

But a halt in production is not new for Indian. The company was shut down from 1955 to 1999. Billy Potter believes the company will use this time to reorganize, and will soon be back to manufacturing the bikes.

posted at 4:40PM by dave.miller@walb.com