Polaris to add 1,700 jobs at massive Huntsville plant

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Polaris Industries Inc. is building a plant in Huntsville to focus on off-road vehicle production.

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Polaris Industries Inc. plans to build a 600,000-square-foot production facility in Huntsville that will create hundreds of jobs.

The new manufacturing plant will focus on off-road vehicle production and will employ 1,700 at full capacity. Employment at the facility could eventually rise to 2,000, according to Alabama officials.

Polaris’ facility will be constructed on a 453-acre site southwest of Huntsville city center. It is the second major economic development win for Huntsville in the past 12 months. Last February, Remington Arms said it would also create a new manufacturing operation in the Rocket Citythat would create 2,000 jobs.

In a release Polaris officials said the facility will complement its existing North American manufacturing footprint and reduce pressure on other facilities.

The company said Huntsville was chosen because of its skilled workforce, history of technology and innovation, existing utility infrastructure and strong local and state resources supporting economic development.

The Huntsville plant will become part of Polaris’ North American plant network and will have multiple assembly lines.

There will be a groundbreaking ceremony on the plant during the first quarter of the year, and completion on the plant is expected during the second quarter of 2016.

Polaris had annual sales of $3.8 billion in 2013.