Woven into the fabric of Minnesota, Polaris serves as a connector to the land, the people, and the way of life in the North Star state. With snowy trails, green forests, and sky-blue waters, Minnesota inspires Polaris to Think Outside.
What started as humble beginnings with a three-man snowmobile shop in 1954 in Roseau, Minnesota, has grown into the global leader in Powersports, sharing the outdoors with consumers in more than 120 countries. Despite its growth, Polaris’ presence in Minnesota remains strong, including in the town where it established its roots. Polaris maintains one of the company’s main R&D centers and its largest U.S. manufacturing facility near the site where its first snowmobile was developed more than 65 years ago.
From Roseau to the many Minnesota communities where Polaris is present, the company supports education as a testament to its long-held belief that education is key to a thriving future and provides a path to greater opportunities and careers. Recently, as Roseau began major renovations on its K-12 school, Polaris contributed $100,000 and equipment for welding and milling towards the project, as well as helping outfit the exercise facilities also used by the general community. When the high school’s Shop teacher moved away, employees from the Polaris tool room stepped in to teach the class for the remainder of the year. And, when COVID-19 hit, Polaris stepped in to immediately provide needed iPads, Chromebooks, hotspots and more for distance learning so that every teacher and student would have the access and equipment they needed.
Polaris believes in making investments in the communities in which its employees, dealers and customers live, work, and play. By supporting education, providing opportunity, and driving economic stability, Polaris helps keep Roseau thriving with its unique partnership between the plant and the community.