Polaris closing its Osceola, Wis., pl...

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

There are 175 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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Error America

Saint Paul, MN

#25 May 21, 2010
Livin Woodbury wrote:
Taxes & environmental radical regulations kill even more jobs-welcome to Obama's world.
As these cats claim to protect the little guy.
More from Obama and his Mamas. Cap and Trade or as they say cap and tax will send even more jobs away. Had enough Dope and Change yet? Votes have consequences, and these are some of them. How many Polaris employees have Obama bumper stickers on their cars?
COB

Minneapolis, MN

#26 May 21, 2010
No one should blame polaris for this move, this is to ensure the survival of the company. Wisconsin is at the top of the list as one of the most 'unfriendly states to conduct business in'.

A business will not be in business long if its profits are continually handed over to feed the increasing amount of government expenditures.

Polaris is not immune from the expenses that the new 'health care bill' poses on them and also the new 'value added tax' that the Democrats are pushing to get past,which would increase substantially the price of a new recreational toy, resulting in less sales. And let's not forget about 'Cap and Trade' that will increase the cost for the consumer to use these recreational vehicles which also will result in diminishing sales.

Polaris has some very smart people looking into the future of American business, and they know they are vulnerable just as well as any other company in America.

I'm sure someone you people outraged about Polaris moving a small part of its company to Mexico never stopped to think that your General Motors or Chrysler was built in Mexico or parts of the vehicle Had been built in Mexico.

American exceptionalism is under attack! Voting has its consequences as we can clearly see here. Wisconsin has some very liberal politicians that have made a career out of making the ability to conduct business almost impossible.

The American thing to do here, is to support Polaris industries and vote the bums out that continually attack our businesses!
Mike

United States

#27 May 21, 2010
I have had a Polaris product of some sort for over the last 20 years, in fact I’m looking at the Polaris poster on our shops wall now. Polaris can make any excuse they want but the plain simple fact is that they are selling out Americans. Down in Mexico they can get all the slave labor they want and pay them 25 cents an hour with no benefits. Sure they will have the cheep labor but will now put out bad product. Maybe it is better to take a hit on your over head then selling out your country. I used to defend Polaris and say “Hey at least I own an American made product”, I can not say that anymore.
I just hope others do as I do and don’t buy form a turn coat company any longer.
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#28 May 21, 2010
Indie wrote:
"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.

Its hard for U.S. workers when they lose jobs due to liberal economic policies. Maybe they can pass a law that only illegal americans can work at the polaris plant in mexico.


Unless something changes, its hard to imagine any manufacturing jobs remaining in the US maybe 20 years into the future. I think that is a very big problem for america, but driving up worker costs with work comp, union wages, pollution regulations, and all those things that seem to benefit workers simply drives the jobs to a country that is less expensive.

“....careless whisper.”

Since: May 10

Saint Paul, MN

#29 May 21, 2010
larry of maplewood wrote:
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.
High corporate taxes are already the problem - simply lower corporate tax rates and less companies would be enticed to leave. They aren't just leaving for cheaper labor - you need to factor in how expensive it will be to build all new facilities and train an entire workforce. Lower the corporate tax rates - or better yet, abolish them, and this problem will disappear.

Corporations are nothing more than groups of people - they are not nameless, faceless entities - this is simply a group of people making a choice that they cannot be competitive with the restrictions that they deal with in this market.

Since: Jun 08

Apple Valley, MN

#30 May 21, 2010
What do they have in the US??? High taxes. Lots of regulation. Surprised they aren't moving all their plants to Mexico.

You can't tax your way to prosperity. Companies are in the business of making money, not providing you a job. If they can't make money, you don't get a job.

Can't make it any simpler.
mad up north

Baxter, MN

#31 May 21, 2010
No more buying anything Polaris.
Error America

Saint Paul, MN

#32 May 21, 2010
Zeke wrote:
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".
Of course they are and why? Unions with sweetheart deals to make the costs go up. Mandates, regulations etc all make the vehicles cost more. So what do you want to do? Keep going to Walmart, Sam's Club and Costco to buy those China/Mexican items because you want cheap goods and you will see what perpetuates all of this, YOU DO.
But to be fair, the real reason is our own govt/unions making businesses go elsewhere. Taxes keep going up, etc. as well. Some have just said enough.
Yikes

Minneapolis, MN

#33 May 21, 2010
Don't blame the move on the Mexicans. It's corporate greedy Polaris who won't pay the higher wages in the states. I'm surprised Polaris didn't contract with China... oh well, there's always another day.
VFox

Minneapolis, MN

#34 May 21, 2010
This is how free trade works, we provide the corm for taco shells and that allows to move manufacturing there for free.
Mr R

Minneapolis, MN

#35 May 21, 2010
Error America wrote:
<quoted text>Of course they are and why? Unions with sweetheart deals to make the costs go up. Mandates, regulations etc all make the vehicles cost more. So what do you want to do? Keep going to Walmart, Sam's Club and Costco to buy those China/Mexican items because you want cheap goods and you will see what perpetuates all of this, YOU DO.
But to be fair, the real reason is our own govt/unions making businesses go elsewhere. Taxes keep going up, etc. as well. Some have just said enough.
Don't forget what Obama care will do to american businesses.
AZ GOV

Saint Paul, MN

#37 May 21, 2010
Aww, we don't care if they move our jobs to Mexico....then they will stay in their country!
Please!!! Send more good jobs to Mexico and vote Republican to empower corporate America to do more of the same!
Go Tea Party!!!1368
My opinion

San Jose, CA

#38 May 21, 2010
Mike wrote:
I have had a Polaris product of some sort for over the last 20 years, in fact I’m looking at the Polaris poster on our shops wall now. Polaris can make any excuse they want but the plain simple fact is that they are selling out Americans. Down in Mexico they can get all the slave labor they want and pay them 25 cents an hour with no benefits. Sure they will have the cheep labor but will now put out bad product. Maybe it is better to take a hit on your over head then selling out your country. I used to defend Polaris and say “Hey at least I own an American made product?, I can not say that anymore.
I just hope others do as I do and don’t buy form a turn coat company any longer.
Polaris has been outsourcing there phone banks to India for years so i wasn't shocked when I read this article. I agree on not buying another Polaris product with my American made wages. How do these companies that leave the U.S. expect us to buy their products with minimum wage jobs?
WOW

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#39 May 21, 2010
......well atleast they won't need to cross the border to find a job.
Coffee Drinker

Saint Paul, MN

#40 May 21, 2010
Yikes wrote:
Don't blame the move on the Mexicans. It's corporate greedy Polaris who won't pay the higher wages in the states. I'm surprised Polaris didn't contract with China... oh well, there's always another day.
That's true. As long as the conservatives block mexican workers from coming here to be raped by corporate america, those greedy corporate types will send the job to mexico so they can continue to rape the little guy for big profits.

Go Tea Party Go!!!!!

Hahahaha!!

How many more jobs are you gonna chase out of the country!

Since: Jul 08

Eagle River, WI

#41 May 21, 2010
They keep sending jobs to mexico but the illegals keep coming here. How does that work?
Coffee Drinker

Saint Paul, MN

#42 May 21, 2010
Error America wrote:
<quoted text>Of course they are and why? Unions with sweetheart deals to make the costs go up. Mandates, regulations etc all make the vehicles cost more. So what do you want to do? Keep going to Walmart, Sam's Club and Costco to buy those China/Mexican items because you want cheap goods and you will see what perpetuates all of this, YOU DO.
But to be fair, the real reason is our own govt/unions making businesses go elsewhere. Taxes keep going up, etc. as well. Some have just said enough.
Dude, I must agree with you on the Govt/Union comment. However, if you don't include big business/corporate greed in you rant, you are simply misinformed!
CzarInMpls

Saint Paul, MN

#43 May 21, 2010
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.
The Big Bopper

Saint Paul, MN

#44 May 21, 2010
Does that mean that some of the illegals might be moving?
Mark

Eden Prairie, MN

#45 May 21, 2010
COB wrote:
No one should blame polaris for this move, this is to ensure the survival of the company. Wisconsin is at the top of the list as one of the most 'unfriendly states to conduct business in'.
There's your explanation right there.

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