Polaris hits 1 million milestone at Iowa manufacturing plant

Polaris Industries Inc. announced that the 1 millionth product — an orange Polaris RANGER 800 Midsize side-by-side vehicle — rolled off its Spirit Lake, Iowa assembly line this week.

“One million units built marks an extraordinary milestone for our Spirit Lake operation,” Polaris president and COO Bennett Morgan said. “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. It 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).

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  1. I liked the looks of the Indian Chief. However, there is a reason the dealership requests long pants for a test drive. After my buddy took one for a drive, I sat on it with shorts on and burned my right calf off the muffler. You might want to put muffler guards on the bikes, because I'm not the only one that has been burned. My friend said there was a lot of vibration from the bike and I believe him. You might want to get that fixed as well. Looks are deceiving. It's great to be married to a beautiful women, but what counts is she is adequate in other parts of the house, namely the kitchen and bedroom. Take that into account unless you are a good cook right? Love the last years model yellow with brown saddlebags. Sweet! Engine and Price, questionable. Thanks.

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