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Polaris to close GEM’s Fargo, N.D., plant

June 17, 2011
Filed under Features

Polaris Industries has announced that it will be closing the Global Electric Motorcars plant in Fargo, N.D., and moving production to Polaris’ Spirit Lake, Iowa, facility.

Polaris acquired GEM, an electric-powered vehicle manufacturer, from Chrysler in April, and the deal is expected to close this month. The employees at the Fargo plant have been guaranteed employment for at least 60 days after the transaction is completed, the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune reported. The company announced some of those 76 employees have been offered positions at Polaris’ other facilities.

The newspaper reported the closure in Fargo will be complete by the end of 2011.

The closure of the Fargo plant follows behind Polaris’ decision to close also recently acquired Indian Motorcycles’ Kings Mountain, N.C. plant to move that brand’s production to Spirit Lake.

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