Po­laris An­nounces Grand Open­ing of Manufacturing Fa­cil­ity in Poland The brand-new fa­cil­ity will be Po­laris’ first ded­i­cated manufacturing fa­cil­ity for Off-Road Ve­hi­cles out­side North Amer­ica

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MIN­NEAPO­LIS (Sept. 23, 2014)

– Po­laris In­dus­tries Inc. (NYSE:PII) to­day an­nounced the grand open­ing of its new manufacturing fa­cil­ity in Opole, Poland. The 345,000-square­foot fa­cil­ity will be the first Po­laris plant ded­i­cated to manufacturing Off-Road Ve­hi­cles (ORV’s) out­side of North Amer­ica.

Em­ployee train­ing has al­ready be­gun at the Opole fa­cil­ity which will em­ploy 300 peo­ple in 2015 and should be­gin ship­ments to cus­tomers in the first quar­ter of 2015. The plant will pro­duce ap­prox­i­mately 35 dif­fer­ent ORV ve­hi­cle mod­els in 2015 and ship them to six sub­sidiaries and over thirty dis­trib­u­tors in the Europe, Mid­dle East and Africa (“EMEA”) re­gion. Opole will also house re­search and de­sign for the Europe, Mid­dle East and Africa mar­kets al­low­ing ve­hi­cles to be tai­lored to lo­cal needs.

“With a stated goal of a third of our to­tal Com­pany sales out­side North Amer­ica, the Opole fa­cil­ity is a cor­ner­stone for our in­ter­na­tional growth plans, as it pro­vides both a timely ca­pac­ity in­crease and a lo­cal­ized manufacturing pres­ence that al­lows us to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble ex­pe­ri­ence for our cus­tomers across Europe, the Mid­dle East and Africa,” said Scott Wine, Po­laris Chair­man and CEO. “We are in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to add the highly-skilled em­ploy­ees in Poland to our out­stand­ing Po­laris team and con­fi­dent in their abil­ity to spur on­go­ing growth in the EMEA re­gion.” “With our en­gi­neer­ing and manufacturing as­sets in Poland, we will be able to de­velop and man­u­fac­ture prod­ucts specif­i­cally for this mar­ket. We will re­duce the or­der lead time for our cus­tomers and will be able to pro­vide bet­ter cus­tomer ser­vice. We also have op­por­tu­ni­ties to source more of our com­po­nent parts lo­cally from sup­pli­ers within the re­gion. This will be a big ben­e­fit to this en­tire re­gion” said Suresh Kr­ishna, Vice Pres­i­dent, Europe, Mid­dle East and Africa. Al­low­ing Po­laris to man­u­fac­ture prod­ucts lo­cally for the EMEA re­gion, the Opole fa­cil­ity will im­prove the sup­ply chain and help the com­pany keep up with strong de­mand for its wide range of prod­ucts. The fa­cil­ity will also fo­cus on op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency by in­cor­po­rat­ing LEAN manufacturing pro­cesses such as 5S im­ple­men­ta­tion and vis­ual man­age­ment method­ol­ogy.

“This project is the great­est ex­am­ple that dreams come true. We are very proud that Po­laris has de­cided to choose Opole as a part­ner on the other side of the ocean,” said Opole Pres­i­dent Ryszard Zem­baczyński. “It was a big chal­lenge to com­plete this project for the City, Opole in­sti­tu­tions and Opole Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy. I do be­lieve Po­laris feels here at home.” The Opole fa­cil­ity took just over a year to con­struct with only 15 months lapsed from the time the build­ing con­tract was signed to pro­duc­tion start. The Build­ing fea­tures in­clude a 2,500 me­ter prod­uct test track and en­ergy sav­ing paint sys­tems. The plant has ca­pac­ity for up to 500 em­ploy­ees to help Po­laris meet fu­ture mar­ket de­mand.

This fa­cil­ity is built on nearly 30 acres, within the Wal­brzych Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone in Opole, Poland, an area ded­i­cated to en­cour­ag­ing eco­nomic growth in the re­gion.

About Po­laris Po­laris is a rec­og­nized leader in the pow­er­sports industry with an­nual 2013 sales of $3.8 bil­lion. Po­laris de­signs, en­gi­neers, man­u­fac­tures and mar­kets in­no­va­tive, high qual­ity off-road ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles (ATVs) and the Po­laris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side ve­hi­cles, snow­mo­biles, mo­tor­cy­cles and on-road elec­tric/hy­brid pow­ered ve­hi­cles.

Po­laris is among the global sales lead­ers for both snow­mo­biles and off-road ve­hi­cles and has es­tab­lished a pres­ence in the heavy­weight cruiser and tour­ing mo­tor­cy­cle mar­ket with the Vic­tory and In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle brands. Ad­di­tion­ally, Po­laris con­tin­ues to in­vest in the global on­road small elec­tric/hy­brid pow­ered ve­hi­cle industry with Global Elec­tric Mo­tor­cars (GEM), Goupil In­dus­trie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and in­ter­nally de­vel­oped ve­hi­cles. Po­laris en­hances the rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with a com­plete line of Po­laris En­gi­neered Parts, Ac­ces­sories and Ap­parel, Klim branded ap­parel and ORV ac­ces­sories un­der the Kolpin and Cy­cle Coun­try brands. Po­laris In­dus­tries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Ex­change un­der the sym­bol “PII”, and the Com­pany is in­cluded in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price in­dex. In­for­ma­tion about the com­plete line of Po­laris prod­ucts, ap­parel and ve­hi­cle ac­ces­sories are avail­able from au­tho­rized Po­laris deal­ers or any­time at www.po­laris.com.

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