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Polaris Industries Inc. Makes In-Kind Donation Worth More than $113,000 to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Minneapolis, MN (March 14, 2016) – Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity will kick off their 2016 build season this spring with two new Polaris RANGER® HIPPO Multipower Systems, donated by Polaris Defense. These vehicles will provide mobile electric, hydraulic, pneumatic and welding power to Twin Cities Habitat build and repair sites across the seven-county metro area. With a typical manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $56,699 per unit, the estimated value of Polaris’ donation totals over $113,000.

 

“We’re thrilled to receive this exceptional donation from Polaris,” said Chad Bouley, Vice President of Homebuilding at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. “The Ranger HIPPO units will allow us to build more efficiently and effectively, especially when it’s important for us to start building a home before we have utilities up and running. We’re excited about the versatility they’ll provide on our job sites.”

 

In addition to the donation of the two vehicles, Polaris provided Habitat field staff special training on the features of each unit. Because each vehicle offers electric, hydraulic, pneumatic and welding capabilities, Habitat staff will be able to use them in a variety of ways to enhance building efficiency and save money. Rural and multi-unit sites will especially benefit from the HIPPO’s ability to act as an immediate power generator and an air compressor, eliminating the waiting period for power to be connected to the site. Staff will also be able to perform light welding projects, plow and sweep new sites with custom vehicle attachments, and demo concrete to prep site for new construction – tasks that would originally need to be contracted to service providers outside the organization.

 

“The Ranger Hippo with its hydraulic, pneumatic, generator/welder power works as a multifunctional power plant all running off of the vehicle’s engine. This capability will greatly benefit Habitat for Humanity by allowing personnel to pump water, use air tools, demo concrete, power electronics, do welding repairs and a number of important building tasks that are typically more difficult in rural areas” said Steve Hersman, Polaris Defense.

 

Since 1996, Polaris has donated more than $215,000 in sponsorship funding and in-kind donations to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and serves as a generous supporter of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s annual Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala. The company also supports the mission of Habitat for Humanity on the ground, bringing employee volunteers to complete paint and repair projects for low-income homeowners in the metro area.

 

 

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Media contact:

Matt Haugen, Communications Manager

matt.haugen@tchabitat.org - cell 612-239-6426 - office 612-305-7126

 

 

About Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

The mission of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. An award-winning nonprofit housing developer, Twin Cities Habitat is committed to building the quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the region by producing, preserving and advocating for affordable homeownership – because homes and families are the foundation of successful communities. For more info, visit www.tchabitat.org.

 

About Polaris

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®, RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence in adjacent markets globally with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com

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