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

Polaris Industries Inc. will close its Osceola, Wis., plant and transfer much of the work to Mexico. Full Story
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J-J Larz

Fall Creek, WI

#2 May 21, 2010
This makes us sick. As Osceola residents we have been riding Polaris for years in support of our local community. Now you are sending all of the local work to Mexico? You can take our 4 wheelers and snowmobiles with you. We have always wanted to try other brands and now we will. I hope you don't plan on ever selling another Polaris in Western Wisconsin because this greedy move will all but guarantee that you never will.
Sure

Lakeville, MN

#3 May 21, 2010
shift roseau to mpls wrote:
move the roseau, mn plant down to minneapolis/st. paul. and move the storm lake, iowa plant to minneapolis/st. paul. polaris could grow a lot more and find a much better workforce in the minneapolis/st. paul area than they ever will in places like roseau and storm lake, iowa. i mean who really WANTS to live in iowa?! nothing but a bunch of fat, ugly pig-looking chicks down in ioweee hogland. suck it ioweee!
I am sure they will listen to the rambling's of a moron like you.
As for workforce, I will take someone from a rural area over a city dweller anytime!
Dave

United States

#4 May 21, 2010
shift roseau to mpls wrote:
move the roseau, mn plant down to minneapolis/st. paul. and move the storm lake, iowa plant to minneapolis/st. paul. polaris could grow a lot more and find a much better workforce in the minneapolis/st. paul area than they ever will in places like roseau and storm lake, iowa. i mean who really WANTS to live in iowa?! nothing but a bunch of fat, ugly pig-looking chicks down in ioweee hogland. suck it ioweee!
I would live in Iowa,roseau, western wisconiee any day of the week before I would move to one ot the twin sewers
Taco

Chaska, MN

#5 May 21, 2010
I encourage everyone to visit the Polaris site and inform them of how many potential customers they have just lost.
http://www.polarisindustries.com/en-us/OurCom...
Indie

Minneapolis, MN

#6 May 21, 2010
"It's bad enough that they are eliminating hundreds of jobs in the area, but it's absolutely outrageous that they are doing it because they are moving to Mexico," he said in a statement.

Obey went on to say"

This coming from the guy who was one of the senators who cheerred as the President of Mexico stood in OUR house and berated Arizona enforcing it's own border. Hypocrite. Where's your sense of patriotism then Obey? Thank God he's retiring.
Aaron

Milford, IA

#7 May 21, 2010
That congressman needs to look in the mirror and give Polaris a reason to not go to Mexico, or China, or India. Our government continues to fail miserably in giving US based manufacturers the incentives, tax breaks, and fair trade basis needed to compete. Polaris isn't moving to Mexico because they want to; they are moving work to Mexico because they still have to compete within their industry.
fanman

Clear Lake, WI

#8 May 21, 2010
I guess I dont have to buy Polaris any more since there not local. What do mexicans know about building snowmobiles?
dondon

Minneapolis, MN

#9 May 21, 2010
hello arctic cat!
Jack

Amery, WI

#10 May 21, 2010
Its pretty sad! And to think of all the families out of work!
Who is going to go home and tell there family "Guess what the plant closed but its all good we will move to Iowa or Mexico".
Is this the change our fearless leader was talking about?
Mark

Saint Paul, MN

#11 May 21, 2010
Hope. Change. I'm asking you to believe.
the Proud Contrarian

Saint Paul, MN

#12 May 21, 2010
I hear snowmobiling on the Sierra Madre Mountains is "the bomb!"
the Proud Contrarian

Saint Paul, MN

#13 May 21, 2010
Mark wrote:
Hope. Change. I'm asking you to believe.
don't you have some tea-bagging in Loring Park to get to?
Jessica

De Forest, WI

#14 May 21, 2010
Jack wrote:
Its pretty sad! And to think of all the families out of work!
Who is going to go home and tell there family "Guess what the plant closed but its all good we will move to Iowa or Mexico".
Is this the change our fearless leader was talking about?
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.
wtf

San Francisco, CA

#15 May 21, 2010
Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1991 between the three nations, the leaders met in San Antonio, Texas, on December 17, 1992, to sign NAFTA. U.S. President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed it. The agreement then needed to be ratified by each nation's legislative or parliamentary branch.

Before the negotiations were finalized, Bill Clinton came into office in the U.S. and Kim Campbell in Canada, and before the agreement became law, Jean Chrétien had taken office in Canada.


Bill Clinton had become president of the U.S. before the agreement came into force, and is seen here signing the U.S. implementation legislation.The proposed Canada-U.S.trade agreement had been extremely controversial and divisive in Canada, and the 1988 Canadian election was fought almost exclusively on that issue. In that election more Canadians voted for anti-free trade parties (the Liberals and the New Democrats) but more seats in parliament were won by the pro-free trade Progressive Conservatives (PCs). Mulroney and the PCs had a parliamentary majority and were able to easily pass the Canada-U.S. FTA and NAFTA bills. However Mulroney himself had become deeply unpopular and resigned on June 25, 1993. He was replaced as Conservative leader and prime minister by Kim Campbell, who then led the PC party into the 1993 election where they were decimated by the Liberal party under Jean Chrétien. Chrétien had campaigned on a promise to renegotiate or abrogate NAFTA, but instead negotiated the two supplemental agreements with the new U.S. president.

In the U.S., Bush, who had worked to "fast track" the signing prior to the end of his term, ran out of time and had to pass the required ratification and signing into law to incoming president Bill Clinton. Prior to sending it to the House of Representatives, Clinton introduced clauses to protect American workers and allay the concerns of many House members. It also required U.S. partners to adhere to environmental practices and regulations similar to its own. The ability to enforce these clauses, especially with Mexico, and with much consideration and emotional discussion the House of Representatives approved NAFTA on November 17, 1993, by a vote of 234 to 200. The agreement's supporters included 132 Republicans and 102 Democrats. NAFTA passed the Senate 61-38. Clinton signed it into law on December 8, 1993; it went into effect on January 1, 1994.
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Both Clinton and Bush Sr are to blame for NAFTA
Michelle Obami

Amery, WI

#17 May 21, 2010
Just spreadin the wealth around. Poor Mexicans need help too.
Dr Kildare

Saint Paul, MN

#18 May 21, 2010
Might as well buy a Honda or Yamaha
larry of maplewood

Saint Paul, MN

#21 May 21, 2010
When any American company move off shore, Mexico or Canada, they should be taxed so heavy that it would make it impossible to make a profit by selling in the states. better yet, don't allow them to sell in the states. Bet there is not a lot of use for snow mobiles in Mexico. Wake up America and clean house of the incumbents this next few elections. Get rid of the long time politicians and it will help get rid of the lobbyist that are there.
Zeke

Minneapolis, MN

#22 May 21, 2010
Mexicans will work for $2/hour, but guess what? The retail price will not go down and Polaris will increase their margin.

Money talks and BS walks!

Mexico is the new China...just look at the back of your new LCD TV, your computer, your new Ford..."Made in Mexico".
Riddlin

Minneapolis, MN

#23 May 21, 2010
Whats new. Everyone is mad at Arizona. Boo Hoo. If our own companies would tear up the NAFTA.

“....careless whisper.”

Since: May 10

Saint Paul, MN

#24 May 21, 2010
If you are a very successful business, and you live in a state with their own corporate taxes on top of the Federal corporate taxes, you are dealing with nearly the highest corporate taxes in the world. Crazy.

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