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Polaris To Convert Iowa Facility to Indian Motorcycle Warehouse

Polaris Industries Inc. said Tuesday that it will cease manufacturing operations at a large plant in Milford, Iowa, and re-purpose the facility as a warehouse for the company’s Spirit Lake, Iowa, plant that manufactures Indian motorcycles.

Up to 300 workers will lose their jobs as a result of the move, a Polaris spokesperson confirmed late Monday after the company announced the closing of the plant.

Polaris spokesperson Kelly Basgen said she does not anticipate all 330 jobs in Milford will be lost in the transition.

“Due to the ability to place some employees in open positions in Spirit Lake or other Polaris facilities, we anticipate that a slightly lower number of employees — likely 275-300 — will be separated from Polaris,” she said.

Ken Pucel, Polaris executive vice president of operations, engineering and lean, said the Milford employees have "performed admirably" since the plant opened in 2013.

"They played a critical role in making the first full year of Slingshot a success and have been instrumental in driving manufacturing improvements across our off-road vehicle products, and we sincerely appreciate their contributions to Polaris,” Pucel said. “We evaluated a number of options to streamline our plant infrastructure. While the decision was difficult because of the impact to jobs, discontinuing manufacturing at Milford — one of our smaller manufacturing facilities — allows us to consolidate the production of similar products and improve utilization of our available capacity across the rest of our U.S. manufacturing network.”

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