Minneapolis, May 18, 2009 – Polaris Industries today announced the company is working with West Virginia Dealers, Keefer’s and Route 119 Powersports, to provide two RANGER Side-by-Side vehicles to EMS and other rescue services so they can carry water and help families affected by the flooding. Pennsylvania dealership, Hernley’s, also has joined the cause and sent a group of people with relief packages to help with the clean up.
“What has happened in southern West Virginia is a great tragedy,” said Daniel Storm, district sales manager for Polaris. “The dealerships are happy to help support an area who has been highly supportive of the sport of ATV riding. We hope the efforts can help this community get back on their feet quicker.”
One of the hardest areas hit was Gilbert, WV, home of the Hatfield McCoy National Trailfest. The flood was the largest natural disaster in the history of the town with approximately 4000 homes sustaining significant damage or completely destroyed in the county. Four other counties in both West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky also sustained significant dwelling & business losses.
With annual 2008 sales of $1.9 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry, and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs 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 cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.