OSCELOA, WI (WTAQ) - Another step was taken today to ensure the future of a northwest Wisconsin plant that was once on the chopping block. The Polaris sport vehicle plant in Osceola said it would create 89 new jobs over the next three years. And Governor Scott Walker said the firm would get $595,000 in tax breaks if all the jobs are added on schedule. Polaris is based in Medina Minnesota. The expansion was made possible by its recent acquisitions of Indian Motorcycles, GEM electrical neighborhood vehicles, and other new products. State officials say many of the new jobs will be highly-skilled positions like testing engineers and product developers. Some of the new jobs will be moved from a Polaris plant in Wyoming Minnesota that’s running at capacity. But the firm says most of the jobs will be new. About 140 people now work at Osceola. But that’s still a fraction of the 500-plus workers the plant had two years ago – when Polaris first said would close Osceola and move many of the workers to Mexico. Political leaders slammed the move – and former Congressman David Obey went so far as to call it “unpatriotic.” But when business conditions improved, Polaris agreed to keep up to 60 jobs in Osceola. That total is bigger now, and Walker says he’s pleased Polaris chose Wisconsin to expand instead of its other facilities Minnesota and Iow
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