Polaris Announces Expansion of Distribution Center in Wilmington
Adding 165,000 Square Feet to Support the Company’s PG&A Business
and Enhance Dealer and Customer Service
Ruth M. Brindle
Clinton County Port Authority
(Wilmington, Ohio) Polaris Inc. announced plans this week to expand its distribution facility in Wilmington, aimed at providing additional distribution capacity, expanding product assortment, improving delivery, customer service, and optimizing operations. The 165,000 square-foot expansion will bring the facility footprint to 465,000 square feet.
The Wilmington distribution center will continue to support Polaris’ growing Aftermarket, Parts, Garments, & Accessories (PG&A) businesses. This expansion will allow Polaris to grow its eastern presence and in turn better serve its dealers and customers.
“Polaris’ Aftermarket, PG&A businesses continues to see tremendous growth and we expect that trend to continue. An addition to our distribution center in Wilmington, allows us to build upon our strong workforce while continuing to grow our team and serve our customers,” said Steve Eastman, president of Aftermarket, PG&A at Polaris. “As we explored our options, expanding in Wilmington quickly rose to the top given the support of the community and city’s proximity to our dealers and customers throughout the eastern part of the United States.”
The expansion will allow for both additional rack storage and new automated material handling technology within the facility designed to improve customer responsiveness and improve productivity. The expansion will create an estimated 20-25 new jobs over three years.
Jennifer Klus, Economic Development Director for the Clinton County Port Authority stated, “We are delighted with the Polaris announcement. This project is impactful for a number of reasons, including the investment that Polaris is making, along with the additional jobs that this expansion will be creating. We are happy to have been a small part of this process, and It has been a pleasure working with the entire Polaris team to expand their operations here in Wilmington.”
“We’re thrilled to support Polaris as they expand their operations in Wilmington. Their increased operations will help improve customer service while allowing them to diversify their product assortment and gain market share,” said Julie Sullivan, the Dayton Development Coalition’s Executive Vice President of Regional Development. “Their longstanding presence in Wilmington has provided economic stability and employment opportunities for the community.”
Polaris will break ground on the addition this spring with completion slated for Spring 2023.
About the Clinton County Port Authority
The Clinton County Port Authority is a special purpose government formed to operate transportation infrastructure and lead economic development efforts. Designated by the County, City of Wilmington, and the Wilmington CIC as the lead Economic Development agency for the County, it coordinates with the Dayton Development Coalition and JobsOhio to attract jobs to the area. It owns and operates the Wilmington Air Park, an integrated aviation and logistics business park located on 1,900 acres with nearly three million square feet of industrial, office, and hangar space. It is the highest volume cargo airport in Ohio, is ranked 25th in the U.S., and was named Best Airport in Ohio in 2020 and 2021. Learn more about the Port Authority at ChooseClintonCountyOH.org.
As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2021 sales of $8.2 billion, Polaris’ high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER, RZR and GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. www.polaris.com.
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