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Polaris Industries Inc.

Polaris seeks ways to bring those suppliers closer and has, at times, pushed
partners to relocate near its facilities to
reduce the distance of the supply chain
and lower material costs.

Growing Within
Polaris strives to improve quality and
safety through the use of failure mode
effects analysis (FMEA) tools such as
risk management and process controls.
"Once you predict where those failures can occur you can put in controls
and avoid them," Pucel says. The key
for Polaris is to implement the kind of
supplier, design and manufacturing
controls in a way that matches its quality, innovation and speed. To do so, the
company is increasing its capabilities
and engineering spend by hiring.

On the engineering side, Polaris prefers to recruit through internship programs. "Often times, we'll bring in people young in their career while still in
college and we'll start developing them
and move people through the system,"
Pucel says.
Growing the workforce won't necessarily mean new facilities. Polaris' lean
efforts and continuous improvement
are increasing capacity at its plants and
Pucel says the company expects its existing facilities will be able to handle its
workload for the next three to five years.
Still, Polaris may grow its capabilities through acquisitions. In 2016, it
purchased Taylor-Dunn, a provider of
industrial vehicles, and Transamerican
Auto Parts Co., a manufacturer of aftermarket accessories for Jeeps and trucks.

Midwest

Pucel explains that more acquisitions
could happen in the future if Polaris has
an opportunity to absorb a brand that
matches its internal culture and business interests.
"The right acquisition could tuck into
our manufacturing facilities and further
leverage our footprint," he says. mt
Walbro is a global market leader in engine management products and fuel systems, and a leading supplier
of high-pressure aluminum die casting to customers
around the world. Walbro's products have powered over
435 million engines since 1950 in the lawn and garden,
recreational and marine, construction, agriculture and
outdoor power equipment markets. Walbro manufactures
carburetors, ignition systems, fuel injection systems,
pumps, valves and fuel storage and delivery systems.
Walbro is a global organization, headquartered in Tucson,
Ariz., with over 2,300 employees worldwide. The company
has ISO-certified manufacturing and engineering facilities
in the United States, Japan, Mexico, Thailand and China.
Additional information regarding Walbro is available at
www.Walbro.com.

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