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Published December 23, 2010, 08:44 PM

Polaris Shutdown in Osceola, WI Begins March 1

Polaris Industries Inc. has told Wisconsin officials it will start shutting down operations at its plant in Osceola on March 1.

By: Associated Press,

OSCEOLA, Wis. (AP) — Polaris Industries Inc. has told Wisconsin officials it will start shutting down operations at its plant in Osceola on March 1.

In a filing released Thursday by the Department of Workforce Development, Polaris says more than 480 employees will be affected as the plant in western Wisconsin shuts down over six months. The company says it's taking steps to minimize job loss and help employees with the transition.

The Medina, Minn.-based maker of snowmobiles, ATVs and Victory motorcycles announced plans last May for closing the plant and sending some of the work to Mexico in an effort to save money. This week's filing set the shutdown date.

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