The 126,000-square-foot research, development and testing facility will be the home of prototype fabrication and assembly, laboratories for structural testing, electrical development, materials engineering, powertrain assembly and dynamometer testing. Future enhancements will include a noise and vibration laboratory and test tracks for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.
“This is the single, largest investment Polaris has made in product development, and it demonstrates our commitment to creating top-of-the-line, high-quality vehicles for people who love to ride their Polaris or Victory product,” said Polaris CEO Tom Tiller.
“This facility is what the future of the company relies on,” said Jeff Bjorkman, vice president of operations, about the $35.5 million facility.
The facility will house 143 engineers and 54 managers, administration and other staff by the end of 2005. That number is expected to grow to nearly 300 employees during the next 10 years.
“Polaris is bringing the kind of jobs and high-quality work we need for Minnesota’s economy to grow,” said Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who attended the grand opening.