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    Polaris to Re-Purpose Iowa Plant

    Posted by Ross Halvorson
    on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

     Polaris announced Monday that it is re-purposing its plant in Milford, Iowa, where the company has manufactured all-terrain and utility vehicles since 2013.

    The production of ATVs and UTVs will be relocated from the Milford plant to other Polaris manufacturing facilities in Huntsville, Ala.; Roseau, Minn.; and Anaheim, Calif. According to Polaris, the Milford facility will be converted into a storage/warehouse facility to to support the Spirit Lake, Iowa, plant, which will continue to manufacture Indian Motorcycle products. The two facilities are located less than 10 miles apart.

    Polaris also announced that it will transfer metal fabrication operations for its Pro Armor aftermarket products from its facility in Riverside, Calif., to its recently acquired Transamerican Auto Parts facility in Chula Vista, Calif. Pro Armor will maintain its presence in Riverside – including its business operations, research and development, and vehicle up-fit services – but will relocate to a new building.

     According to Polaris, the facility changes will impact approximately 390 jobs. The majority of those jobs will be relocated within the Polaris manufacturing group throughout 2017. Polaris' Milford and Riverside employees will have the opportunity to relocate within company's network. Polaris will also provide resources including separation pay, assistance with health insurance coverage, and outplacement services.

    “Since we opened the Milford facility in 2013, the team has performed admirably," said Ken Pucel, Executive Vice President of Operations, Engineering and Lean. "They played a critical role in making the first full year of Slingshot a success and have been instrumental in driving manufacturing improvements across our off-road vehicle products, and we sincerely appreciate their contributions to Polaris. We evaluated a number of options to streamline our plant infrastructure. While the decision was difficult because of the impact to jobs, discontinuing manufacturing at Milford – one of our smaller manufacturing facilities – allows us to consolidate the production of similar products and improve utilization of our available capacity across the rest of our U.S. manufacturing network.”

    - Ross Halvorson, Senior Editor

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