Polaris closing its Osceola, Wis., plant and moving jobs to Minneso...

There are 15 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 20, 2010, titled Polaris closing its Osceola, Wis., plant and moving jobs to Minneso.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Polaris Industries Inc. will close its Osceola, Wis., plant and transfer much of the work to Mexico.

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Since: Jun 08

Apple Valley, MN

#167 May 26, 2010
Rabbit wrote:
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Do you suppose they racially profile?
Do they look for white people and ask them for papers, just because they are white?
Do you suppose the tourists in Canndcoon etc are asked for their proof of citzenship just because they are white?
You know the condition of our economy is such that whites from the US might cross the border for jobs.
According to statements made by President Calderon regarding their immigration policies, I have to assume the answers to your question are "Yes!".
wtf

San Francisco, CA

#168 May 26, 2010
kecker wrote:
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Not going to happen, Mexico's immigration laws are MUCH more harsh than the US...and they actually enforce theirs!
Has anyone told our President this?
Navy

Minneapolis, MN

#169 May 26, 2010
When I was growing up and you got in a fight with some other guys and one of your "friends" bailed out on you...we had a name for guys like that. Now I think I'll change that name to...Polarass.
RandyP

Willowbrook, IL

#170 May 28, 2010
I wonder if they will at least give first hiring preference at the new plant to any current illegal aliens here in the USA. Not the greatest way to get them to self-deport, but it would be a start.

I also wonder if there will ever come a day when legal US citizens will cross over into Mexico for their job opportunities?
Concerned About Americans

Orlando, FL

#171 Sep 13, 2010
Jessica wrote:
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Both my Dad and Stepmom work at Polaris and have for the past 20 years. They have four children (two in college) and a year from now, will both be unemployed.
Yes, the workers that made Polaris success possible are going to be abandoned by the company:
http://www.resistnet.com/profiles/blogs/the-n...
lost and out of work

United States

#172 Sep 16, 2010
We lost our job and making the best of it. Kid's in college got lower rates, using food shelf, growing own food and taking advantage of things from the government I thought I would never do. I don't hope the drug lords take care of Polaris (not saying I want people killed) just run them out like the are running out on us.

“Celebrate Liberty and Freedom”

Since: Sep 09

Mpls

#173 Sep 16, 2010
Here is what kills jobs; radical labor laws, environmental wackos and excess taxes. Dems represent all 3
Think Again

Eau Claire, WI

#174 Sep 16, 2010
Tank Murdoch wrote:
Here is what kills jobs; radical labor laws, environmental wackos and excess taxes. Dems represent all 3
If only these workers would have agreed to work for minimuwage and overtime off the clock none of this would have happened!!! How UNAMERICAN of them!!!!!

“Celebrate Liberty and Freedom”

Since: Sep 09

Mpls

#175 Sep 16, 2010
The vast majority of americans work for wages far exceeding minimum wage.....maybe you don't
Think Again wrote:
<quoted text>If only these workers would have agreed to work for minimuwage and overtime off the clock none of this would have happened!!! How UNAMERICAN of them!!!!!
Outsourcing

United States

#176 Sep 18, 2010
The workers caused their own demise
Victory Rider

United States

#177 Sep 25, 2010
So from now on you shouldn't drive a Chevy, Ford, Dodge because they aren't made in USA. Don't go to Walmart and don't buy the computer you're using to blog. Sorry to tell you. The laws in this country are made for people to work for more money than they are worth. Myself included. I love my Victory/Polaris is prefect. I'll buy another. TwoFaced A holes.
Victory Rider

United States

#178 Sep 25, 2010
Way to go Polaris. Have people that want to work make your product. Not a bunch of feeling sorry for my poor self a-holes. Hope they take all the jobs. People that actually want to work getting jobs, what a concept.
billy

Colfax, WI

#180 Dec 9, 2011
How is the new tenant to work for?
guy

Karlstad, MN

#181 Apr 4, 2013
CzarInMpls wrote:
With the downsizing they'll be a leaner company and better suited to meet the customers needs. They're downsizing the employees and upsizing the profits. Building snowmobiles in Mexico? Ironic.
snowmobiles are made in roseau mn.

Since: Feb 13

San Francisco, CA

#182 Apr 25, 2013
These types of issues are always controversial and upsetting to local residents, but the bottom line is that if you were the owner of a large business and you had a choice between lowering your overhead and moving south or staying in a high tax, high overhead area - you would make the same call. Polaris does 3.2 billion in sales annually - you wont affect their business by boycotting their move on a local level.

Fortunately, you are all able to try new manufacturers now for all your recreational motorsports :) Just dont discount ALL foreign companies because you prefer 'american made' for job purposed.'American Made' products have not been superior for quite some time.

I would love to see a resurgeance of manufacturing in the united states across all business types. As a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the fashion industry, I have seen a lot of businesses move and begin to use offshore production. It does hurt the american economy to produce offshore by reducing the amount of jobs available - however, we are a consumption based society and our current taxation policies make it impossible to product quantity at a profit. At the end of the day, if a business cannot profit, they wont be in business anyway and the jobs will go to no one.

Check out http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-...

http://www.michaelpadway.com/motorcycle-blog

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