As previously reported on this website, Arctic Cat announced its Sales, Marketing and Administration offices will be leaving Thief River Falls, Minnesota and heading to Minneapolis.
The announcement makes it clear ATV and snowmobile manufacturing in TRF will stay put as will engineering.
The move will also trigger significant restructuring at Arctic Cat that will see three separate divisional managers named for ATVs, snowmobiles and parts, garments and accessories (PGA) instead of the current single tier management template.
A similar move was made by Polaris Industries more than a decade ago when its engineering and manufacturing remained in the tiny town of Roseau, Minnesota (just 60 miles up the highway from Thief River Falls) and management moved to the Twin cities area.
This is all expected to happen this fall 2007. We expect to hear more news from AC during the summer.