Wyoming, MN site honored for its sustainable green building practices
MINNEAPOLIS, December 6 /CNW/ - Polaris Industries Inc. today announced
that its Research & Development site in Wyoming, MN has officially achieved
the coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification
for new construction. The LEED certification demonstrates Polaris' commitment
to environmentally sound business practices.
Polaris' Wyoming site earned LEED certification by meeting the U.S. Green
Building Council's (USGBC) strict criteria designed to promote sustainability.
Numerous features that make the site more environmentally friendly were
incorporated into the design to achieve LEED certification. Some of these
include: large windows and rooftop monitors to harness natural light for use
indoors, water efficient landscaping throughout the site, a commitment to
using local building materials manufactured within 500 miles of the site, low
flow plumbing fixtures, an Energy Star rated roofing system, and a stormwater
handling system that meets the EPA's best management practices.
"Our Wyoming facility represents the coupling of environmentally sound
and financially sound business planning," said Bob Kollross, who oversaw the
construction for Polaris. "The goal of an environmentally sound facility with
LEED certification was a major initiative for Polaris. The LEED certification
is an honor we are extremely proud of. This was a true team effort between
Polaris and our project partners, Pope Associates Inc. and the RYAN Companies
From the onset of the project, Polaris management committed to achieving
LEED certification. The sustainable design features are mutually beneficial to
both the environment and the company. As a result of following the LEED
guidelines, the Wyoming site saves $53,728 annually in energy costs, uses
188,400 fewer gallons of water per year and conserved 343 tons of materials
which would have otherwise ended up in landfills.
With annual 2006 sales of $1.7 billion, Polaris designs, engineers,
manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), including the Polaris
RANGER(TM), snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility
Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the
largest manufacturers of ATVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established
in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a
major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into
the motorcycle cruiser and touring marketplace. Polaris also enhances the
riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories
and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the
symbol "PII," and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and
vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime
from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.
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