|Huntsville Lands 2,000 New Advanced Manufacturing Jobs
Polaris will produce off-road vehicles in a $142 million advanced manufacturing campus
Januarary 9, 2015
(Huntsville, AL) – Minnesota-based Polaris Industries Inc. has selected Huntsville as the site of its newest advanced manufacturing campus that will employ up to 2,000 workers in the production of off-road vehicles. The company’s new 600,000-square-foot facility will be located on 453 acres west of Greenbrier Road in Limestone County. The project comprises a capital investment of up to $142 million. Construction is expected to begin next month with the campus fully operational by 2017.
“This new facility will complement our already strong and growing North American manufacturing footprint by reducing pressure on our existing facilities and enable each to remain focused on their current product lines as we continue to meet the demand for our innovative, quality products,” said Ken Pucel, a Polaris executive vice president.
Polaris said Huntsville was an ideal choice because of the city’s skilled workforce, history of technology and innovation, existing utility infrastructure, and local and state support. The site also brings Polaris closer to its key customer base in the Southeast and offers a strong logistics network for the new operation.
Mayor Tommy Battle welcomed Polaris to the community and says this latest announcement is part of his administration’s commitment to provide jobs and diversify the city’s employment base.
“It’s a strong endorsement for Huntsville to have the state’s two largest economic development announcements in the past year,” said Battle. “These historic wins validate our competitiveness and promising future as a leading economic driver and destination of choice for successful business.”
Polaris represents Huntsville’s first major advanced manufacturing project in the annexed areas of Limestone County. It provides another key facility in what has clearly emerged as a premiere jobs corridor for the region.
The magnitude of the Polaris facility is expected to draw more suppliers to the area, further diversifying Huntsville’s strong economic job base. It will also bring opportunities for existing businesses to earn work.
Projects of this magnitude don’t happen alone, and Mayor Battle credits Governor Robert Bentley, Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, the Limestone County Commission and its Chairman Mark Yarbrough, the Huntsville City Council, the City of Decatur, State Senator Arthur Orr, Tom Hill, President of the Limestone County Economic Development Association, the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, TVA, and other regional partners for their tireless contributions.
“To our new corporate partner – Polaris – we extend a big welcome to Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley,” Battle said. “We are so glad you are here, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.”
During today’s announcement at the Jackson Center in Cummings Research Park, Mayor Battle gave Pucel a miniature lunar rover sporting the Polaris logo.
“It was more than 40 years ago when Huntsville talent helped design the first lunar rover for the Apollo astronauts to explore the moon,” said Battle. “Today, going forward, our skilled workforce will now build these all-terrain vehicles for Polaris, which has made it a whole lot of fun to explore our earth.
“Up to 2,000 new jobs, $142 million capital investment in our community -- our star is shining, our future is bright. I am grateful to this team and our statewide partners who worked tirelessly to bring the Polaris star into our constellation of global businesses.”
For more information, please contact:
Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006 (w), firstname.lastname@example.org
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