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Polaris Industries recently announced plans to build a new production facility in Huntsville, Alabama, to provide additional capacity and flexibility for the company's continued growth. The 600,000-square-foot facility will focus on off-road vehicle production.
Polaris selected Huntsville due to its skilled workforce, history of technology and innovation, existing utility infrastructure, and strong local and state resources supporting economic development. The 453-acre Huntsville site offers Polaris close proximity to its key customer base in the Southeast United States and strong logistics network.
The new plant will become part of the company's North American plant network, reducing complexity within the existing network and enabling logistics optimization. The facility will have multiple assembly lines providing flexibility to quickly replenish demand and support continued product innovations.
"This new facility will complement our already strong and growing North American manufacturing footprint by reducing pressure on our existing facilities and enable each to remain focused on their current product lines as we continue to meet the demand for our innovative, quality products," said Ken Pucel, Polaris Industries' executive vice president of operations, engineering and lean.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, the plant will support several core processes including vehicle assembly, chassis and body painting, welding, fabrication and injection molding. At full capacity, the site will employ at least 1,700 people.
Polaris will break ground on the Huntsville facility in the first quarter of 2015, with completion slated for early in the second quarter of 2016. Production will begin shortly thereafter.
For more information, visit www.polaris.com.