Polaris announces north Alabama plant

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Polaris Industries Is planning a manufacturing plant that will bring as many as 2,000 jobs to north Alabama.

Gov. Robert Bentley and other leaders announced the factory during an event in Huntsville on Friday.

The 600,000-square-foot plant will construct off-road vehicles in Limestone County west of Huntsville. Production is slated for 2016.

The project adds a new twist to Alabama’s growing vehicle industry, which mainly involves automobiles.

State Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield says the project developed quickly and was code-named “Project Axle” to help keep it quiet.

Bentley says the announcement is a great way to start the new year.

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