Polaris Breaks Ground on 475,000 Square-Foot Facility in Nevada
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Polaris Breaks Ground on 475,000 Square-Foot Facility in Nevada

The multi-brand distribution center will be built by Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies, employ up to 100 people, and focus on Polaris’ aftermarket, parts, garments and accessories sector.

Polaris broke ground Thursday on the site of its planned 475,000 square-foot facility. Located in Fernley, Nevada, the facility will be the company’s first multi-brand distribution center.

The new center for Polaris Industries Inc. – the Medina-based Fortune 500 manufacturer of snowmobiles, off-road vehicles and motorcycles – is intended to specifically support the company’s growing Aftermarket, Parts, Garments & Accessories (Aftermarket, PG&A) business arm.

Situated 30 miles east of Reno, the facility is in close proximity to the strong western U.S. dealer and customer base and will also give Polaris quick access to Nevada’s transportation routes. At peak operation, the facility will employ up to 100 people.

“This is a very important moment for Polaris,” said Steve Eastman, Polaris president of aftermarket, PG&A, in a statement. “By building this from the ground up, our team will apply best practices from each business to design and build an innovative multi-brand facility that will support our current and future businesses for years to come.”

Leading the construction on the new facility is Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies, which has a history of team with Polaris on facility developments, including Polaris’ Product Development Center in Wyoming, Minnesota.

“We are thrilled to partner with Polaris on the construction of its new multi-brand distribution center,” said Ryan Schell, vice president of industrial at Ryan Companies, in prepared remarks. “We value our longstanding relationship with Polaris and look forward to helping the company expand its distribution capabilities to better serve its strong dealer and customer base.”

The Fernley facility will start with distribution of Polaris OEM parts and accessories, before expanding to include additional parts from brands like Transamerican Auto Parts and Kolpin. By incorporating multiple brands within the Polaris umbrella, the company will reap benefits of shared capacity, systems, and teams – as well as maximize speed, delivery and safety.

Schell and Eastman both attended the groundbreaking ceremony, along with Fernley Mayor Roy Edgington Jr.

Polaris voiced publicly this summer that it was considering moving the production of its Indian Motorcycles line from Iowa to Poland in the wake of the Trump administration’s recent tariffs. The Nevada facility is the company’s latest domestic development.

Construction on the site will begin this month and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2019.