Textron Industries has announced it is moving production of its Textron Stampede, a 4×4, side-by-side off-road vehicle from Augusta, Ga. to Thief River Falls.
Company Spokesperson Brandon Haddock said production of the vehicle in Thief River Falls will begin soon.
Haddock said a handful of employees in Augusta, Ga., were affected by the announcement. He said other new products were being moved to the Georgia plant and most employees were reassigned.
Reporting how many Stampede products they make in a production year is not disclosed.
Haddock also announced they are moving the production of the engine for the Stampede from a plant outside Berlin, Germany, to the Arctic Cat production facility in St. Cloud.
Haddock said moving production of the Stampede to Thief River Falls and engine to St. Cloud allows Textron to take advantage of certain logistical efficiencies.
This move is not expected to result in an increase in hiring in Thief River Falls. Haddock said they believe Thief River Falls will be able to absorb the new production, more or less, with its current staffing levels.
Randy Twistol, director of human resources at Arctic Cat, said this move increases the length of the seasonal production period in Thief River Falls.
He said employees were very excited about the news.
Thief River Falls Mayor Brian Holmer said he was excited to hear more business was being moved to Minnesota and Thief River Falls. He said he hopes this helps stabilize the seasonal construction period, and leads to more employment.
The third announcement issued Tuesday, May 9, is that the headquarters office in Minneapolis would be closed.
The closure will affect about 62 employees. Those employees have been given a number of options. Haddock said many are expected to move to the St. Cloud Arctic Cat facility. Some have expressed interest in returning to Thief River Falls.
In January, Textron announced it acquired Arctic Cat in a cash transaction valued at about $247 million plus the assumption of existing debt.
Textron is a multi-industry company with over $13 billion in annual revenues and approximately 35,000 employees. Textron Specialized Vehicles markets products under the E-Z-GO®, Cushman®, Textron Off Road™, Jacobsen®, Dixie Chopper®, Ransomes®, TUG™, Douglas™, Premier™ and Safeaero™ brands.