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History timeline of Polaris Snowmobiles going through the snow back in 1954

History Timeline

Defining moments in history

Image of one of the first Polaris Snowmobiles back in 1954


Company renamed Polaris Industries Inc. and first snowmobile built in 1955.

Image of Textron Inc. announcing the purchase of Polaris Industries


Textron, Inc. purchases Polaris; keeps manufacturing operations in Roseau, MN.

Image of the first liquid-cooled engine, the TXL340


TX-L340 uses first Polaris liquid-cooled engine, first independent suspension snowmobile soon follows.

Image of W. Hall Wendel, Jr.


W. Hall Wendel, Jr., named president of Polaris, led management group that purchased Polaris from Textron in 1981.

Image of Polaris RANGER vehicles


Polaris achieves $1 billion in sales for first time.

Image of the debut of Victory Motorcycles in Planet Hollywood


Victory Motorcycles debut, with Indy Car driver Al Unser, Jr. riding the first bike into Planet Hollywood restaurant at the Mall of America. Polaris expands its off-road business with the Polaris RANGER side by side vehicle.

Image of a RANGER RZR vehicle back in 2007


Polaris introduces RANGER RZR as first trail-capable & fastest acceleration side by side vehicle.

Image of an Indian Motorcycle Store, back in 2011


Annual sales exceed $2 billion in sales for the first time. Polaris acquires legendary Indian Motorcycle brand and re-launches the Chieftain in Sturgis in 2013. Polaris acquires GEM electric-powered vehicles.

Image of Grand Opening of Opole, Poland Manufacturing facility


Polaris celebrated the grand opening of its Opole, Poland Manufacturing facility, the first manufacturing facility outside of North America.

Image of a Snow Bike Timbersled on the Snow


Polaris purchases a new paint facility in Spearfish, South Dakota. The company also acquired Timbersled, the leading developer and manufacturer of snow bikes.

Image of Huntsville Opening


Polaris opens its brand-new manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Alabama. Polaris acquires Transamerican Auto Parts, the leading manufacturer, distributor and retailer of off-road Jeep and truck aftermarket accessories.

Image of a Ranger XP


Annual sales exceed $5 billion for the first time; and the company celebrated building its one-millionth RANGER. Polaris launches Polaris Adventures.

Image of a Godgrey Boat


Polaris acquires Boat Holdings, a privately held boat manufacturer of four recognized brands – Bennington, Godfrey, Hurricane, and Rinker. Polaris is named to the Fortune 500 list, making its debut at No. 496.

Image of a Godgrey Boat


Mike Speetzen was appointed Chief Executive Officer; preceding this, he was the interim Chief Executive Officer since January 2021. He joined Polaris in August 2015 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.