Polaris to Keep Some Engine Manufacturing in Wisconsin
Polaris Industries Inc. has decided to keep some of its engine manufacturing operations in Osceola, Wis. This announcement comes in response to stronger than projected growth for Polaris in recent months. Polaris announced last may that it was shutting down the facility.
“Since we announced the strategic realignment last year, our volumes are up significantly in each of our businesses and our U.S. plants are full from a physical footprint standpoint,” says Scott Wine, CEO, Polaris Industries Inc. “While we have outperformed our original volume projections, the Osceola team has executed flawlessly and continues to produce world-class, quality products. In order to meet escalating demand while maintaining our focus on quality, keeping some engine capability and output in Osceola was an obvious choice.”
According to Polaris, keeping these manufacturing operations in Osceola allows the company dual-plant production capability for Off-Road Vehicle engines and provides production continuity for motorcycle and snowmobile engines. Polaris says it will utilize the capabilities and current infrastructure in Osceola to maintain continuity for the foreseeable future.
Polaris worked closely with the state of Wisconsin and the Department of Commerce to keep some engine manufacturing in Osceola and preserve approximately 50 assembly jobs at the facility. Polaris’ current global employment base is approximately 3,300 people.
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