Polaris digs in for expansion

Pat Ryan of Ryan Companies, Stacy Bogart of Polaris, Steve Kemp of Polaris, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar; Polaris CEO Scott Wine, Polaris President Bennett Morgan, U.S. Congressman Chip Cravaack; DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips, Michael Langley of GreaterMSP and Dave Longren of Polaris broke ground on Friday. (Photo by Derrick Knutson/ECM Post Review)

Polaris Industries Inc. broke ground in Wyoming Friday on an expansion of the company’s product development center that is expected to lead to the creation of approximately 275 jobs.

“Opening the Wyoming facility seven years ago reinforced Polaris’ dedication to leading through innovation,” said Scott Wine, Polaris CEO. “Continuously improving our technology, and incorporating those advances into our vehicles, is the cornerstone of our success, and expanding our product development center paves the way for its future contributions.”

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Congressman Chip Cravaack and Commissioner Mark Phillips of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) were among those at the groundbreaking.

GREATER MSP, the region’s economic development partnership, coordinated the involvement of Polaris, Chisago County, the City of Wyoming, and DEED to compile a package of financial incentives to help Polaris expand.

The expansion of the Wyoming facility will add 144,000 square feet to the existing building, more than doubling its size. Highlights include large work bays for off-road vehicles and a new electrical lab. The construction effort will be led by Ryan Companies, the same firm that led construction on the original building in 2005.

The project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2013.