Polaris Industries is working with Minnesota dealer Digger's Polaris & Marine to provide Sportsman ATVs and Ranger side-by-side vehicles to help with recovery efforts related to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Polaris said in a press release Aug. 6.
"As a Minnesota company, we share in the sorrow this tragedy has left on our state," said Bennett Morgan, Polaris president and chief operating officer, in the statement. "It's our hope that the units provided make this very difficult effort a bit easier for all involved."
Prior Lake, Minn.-based Diggerís Polaris will provide six Sportsman 500 ATVs and six Polaris Ranger 4x4s to the Minneapolis Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to aid in the effort. Polaris vehicles also were used in recovery and clean up efforts for Hurricane Katrina, at Ground Zero and during various Minnesota flood relief efforts.
"When our dealership was contacted to provide ATVs and side-by-side vehicles for the recovery effort, there was no doubt in my mind we would make it happen," said Doug Nagle, Diggerís owner. "This tragedy has hit very close to home and providing these units is our way to help with the effort."