Shines Stories: Arctic Cat St. Cloud

by | Mar 26, 2021 | Stories | 0 comments

Did you know that many of the engines that power Arctic Cat snowmobiles, side-by-sides, at ATVs are built right here in Central MN? The engines built at St. Cloud Arctic Cat are sent to the company’s manufacturing facility in Thief River Falls, to be installed in the world-class machines built there.

Woman building engine in factoryArctic Cat opened its facility in St. Cloud in 2007 as its manufacturing center for the engines that power its ATVs. In 2014, Arctic Cat began building its own snowmobile engines there, too. In fact, St. Cloud is known as the engine manufacturing center of excellence.

David Jensen, Senior Operations Manager explained that “Central Minnesota is an excellent place to do business. Our local officials have created a very business-friendly environment that is supportive of our needs as a manufacturer, and we have a wealth of talent available to support our workforce needs. St. Cloud is ideally located with access to major highways and transportation thoroughfares, supporting the inbound freight to feed our manufacturing and allowing us to easily deliver completed engines to our sister facility in Thief River Falls. The region also provides an attractive quality of life for our employees, whether they enjoy outdoor excursions, the arts, or just a good hockey game!”

Articat FactoryMany of us drive out on 94 or over by St. Augusta without even noticing that Arctic Cat has a corporate facility right here in Central MN. “The most exciting aspect of being located in St. Cloud is the people! We are fortunate to have a talented and passionate workforce in St. Cloud, and ready access to talent through institutions like St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical & Community College. And we’re surrounded by a business-friendly and supportive community.”

Articat FactoryIf you’re a lover of Arctic Cat or even just the equipment they build and sell – you might be glad to know they’re hiring! “We often are looking for new talent to join our team. People who are interested in learning more about our company or viewing available roles should go to”

“We are proud to be a part of the community here. We want everyone to know that when they ride an Arctic Cat vehicle, its engine was likely built right here in St. Cloud! We take pride in our work and our community.”

…just another fun way to see how #StCloudShines

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