Arctic Cat snowmobile engines powering St. Cloud economy

Publish Date: 
Aug 18, 2014

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Arctic Cat bringing snowmobile engine production home from Japan over the last year has helped the local economy in St. Cloud.

Arctic Cat brought snowmobile engine assembly in-house instead of importing from Japan via Suzuki Motor Corp. The Arctic Cat facility that has been in St. Cloud since 2007 has had two production lines turning out ATV and side-by-side engines. Snowmobile engines are new here.

The result has been the addition of a third line in St. Cloud, which has stabilized employment for more than 50 people. That's about a dozen fewer than in the pre-recession heyday, but it's more than in 2009, when staffing dipped to about 35.

"We've built a culture of quality in St. Cloud," plant manager Steve Schwartz told the St. Cloud Times. "And it's great to see production coming back to the U.S. from overseas after so much of it went the other way."

The 56,000-sq.-ft. building was designed to be almost tripled in size. Plans include the possibility of a 10-acre test track somewhere near the factory.

From the Dealernews wires