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Polaris opens new product development center

Polaris Industries recently announced the opening of its new 126,000-sq.-ft. Product Development Center located in Wyoming, MN. Research, development and testing at the facility will include prototype fabrication and assembly, laboratories for structural testing, electrical development, materials engineering and Powertrain assembly and dynamometer testing.

Future enhancements of the $35.5 million facility 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,” reported Polaris CEO Tom Tiller.

The new facility will include the employment of 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. Projected future employment growth will result in a total facility payroll estimated to reach $10 million in 2005 and expanding to nearly $18 million by 2015.

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