- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2020

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Polaris Industries plans to close its plant in western South Dakota and move the work to Iowa.

The plant in Spearfish specializes in painting parts for Indian Motorcycle. The Minneapolis-based Polaris will consolidate the paint operations in Spirit Lake.

“Spirit Lake is the home of Indian Motorcycle and centralizing our painting processes within that facility drives efficiencies, cuts down on logistics costs and lead times, and enables us to better serve our customers,” said Polaris spokeswoman Jessica Rogers.

The company said the 33 Spearfish Spearfish employees will have the opportunity to transfer to available positions at other Polaris facilities, the Rapid City Journal reported.

Kory Menken, executive director of the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation, called the impending shutdown of the Spearfish plant a blow to the community, but he also hoped the employees would be able to find new jobs in the area.

The closure is expected to be complete by mid-February.

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