History Timeline

Defining moments in history

1954

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

1968

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

1976

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

1980

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

1995

Polaris achieves $1 billion in sales for first time.

1997

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.

2007

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

2008

Current Chairman and CEO Scott W. Wine joins Polaris.

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.

2014

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

2015

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

2016

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.

2017

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

2018

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.