ROSEAU, Minn. - Polaris Industries, offering bonuses and relocation expenses, is recruiting workers in Minnesota’s Iron Range for its manufacturing facility in the northwestern Minnesota town of Roseau.
Polaris, represented by Select Staffing, will hold meetings at Minnesota Workforce offices in Duluth from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 2, in Hibbing from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and in Grand Rapids from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 4.
The non-union company is seeking assembly operators, welders, painters, material handlers and workers for other positions, Diane Murphy, on-site supervisor at Polaris for Select Staffing, told the Mesabi Daily News.
Workers from northeastern Minnesota have been offered incentives, including a $400 signing bonus that would be given on checks of new workers; $750 for relocation expenses and a $600 bonus for referrals that would be paid out once the referred workers have worked for 90 days. And there is no limit on referral payouts, Murphy said.
Pay for the assembly jobs ranges from $13.97 to $14.47, which would equal $30,097.60 annually on the high end for a 40-hour work week. Certain positions, such as welders, will make more.
Murphy said benefits would also be included initially, and new workers would be eligible for a better benefit plan, based on job performance, after 90 days.
“We are very busy, and have quite a need for second- and third-shift workers,” Murphy said. “The machines are really selling.”
Polaris was founded in 1954 as a manufacturer of snowmobiles. However, the Roseau plant has expanded its product line and is now manufacturing more ATVs than snowmobiles. Roseau is a town of about 2,800 people about 10 miles from the Canadian border.
Posted by Holly Wagner