Gov. Robert Bentley joined executives from Polaris Industries as well as state and local officials for the new Polaris Huntsville Center of Manufacturing Excellence grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting in Madison, Alabama Tuesday morning.
The powersports leader announced it began making Polaris RANGER vehicles and Slingshots earlier this summer at the state-of-the-art manufacturing 910,000-square-foot facility, which handles assembly, chassis and body painting, welding, fabrication and injection molding. In addition to the manufacturing hub, the 505-acre campus also has a research and development (R&D) center as well as a distribution warehouse.
“Polaris is the perfect addition to Alabama’s manufacturing sector,” Bentley said. “We are proud of the strides we are making in advanced manufacturing. Our focus is to provide companies with a strong workforce through Alabama Industrial Development Training. AIDT works hard every day to provide the necessary training to prepare employees for these skilled jobs. The Alabama team will continue to work with Polaris and other companies to ensure their success in our state.”
Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) has worked with Polaris since August 2015 conducting interviews and pre-employment training to ready the facility. To date over 15,000 people have applied for jobs, with AIDT reviewing over 7,100 applications. Of those applicants, 676 people successfully completed pre-employment training and were presented to Polaris as potential candidates for employment.
Polaris currently employs 400 hourly team members and 90 salaried team members with plans to employ 1,700 team members.
Polaris will eventually employ up to 2K Alabamians producing these vehicles. North AL is truly committed to helping our people get good jobs pic.twitter.com/Qto9jX9Qtw
— Gov. Robert Bentley (@GovernorBentley) November 1, 2016