In about 18 months, roughly a thousand workers will be out of a job at the Polaris plant in Osceola, Wisconsin. In that timeframe Polaris plans to close the Osceola plant, and move its production south of the border to Mexico. The move comes about as Polaris looks to increase production efficiency (i.e. lower production costs with cheaper labor), which will then allow the company to be more competitive with its products’ positions in their respective marketplaces.
Polaris will continue to produce snowmobiles at its Roseau, Minnesota plant, and motorcycles at its Spirit Lake, Iowa plant, however some operations from both of these plants will be relocated to Mexico as well.
The only good news for American laborers in this story is that Polaris is in the process of selling pieces of its manufacturing processes and equipment to suppliers in the Osceola area, so they can continue to make components for the north star company. Thanks for the tip Dan!
Source: WCCO (CBS Local Affiliate)