MINNEAPOLIS — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) announced that the one millionth product, an orange Polaris RANGER 800 Midsize side-by-side vehicle, rolled off its Spirit Lake, Iowa assembly line yesterday.
“One million units built marks an extraordinary milestone for our Spirit Lake operation,” said Bennett Morgan, Polaris President and COO. “For nearly two decades Spirit Lake has been a manufacturing center of excellence and a vital contributor to our success. Thanks to the adaptability of both our outstanding people and the facility itself, Spirit Lake has, in its 18 year history, produced each of our product lines (Snowmobiles, ATVs, Side-by-Sides and Motorcycles).”
The Spirit Lake facility was established in 1994, and has increased employment from 477 in 2009 and currently employs 750 people while operating three production lines building Polaris RANGERs and Victory motorcycles. A second facility adjacent to the main Spirit Lake plant manufactures the Indian Motorcycle, and a third facility in Milford, Iowa manufactures GEM (Global Electric Motorcar).