Polaris Acquires Taylor-Dunn

By pdamon07 March 2016

Polaris Industries Inc. has acquired Taylor-Dunn, a manufacturer of industrial vehicles for a range of commercial, manufacturing, warehouse and ground-support customers. Taylor-Dunn will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris. The terms were not disclosed.

“While Polaris is best known for our leadership in powersports, adjacent markets are an important aspect of our growth strategy, and industrial vehicles are a natural extension for us,” said Dan Chumbler, general manager, Work and Transportation, Polaris. “Taylor-Dunn has a deep understanding of industrial customers, and they’ve earned a stellar reputation over the last 60-plus years of providing application-specific solutions that are reliable, efficient, and economical. With Taylor-Dunn joining our portfolio, we look forward to offering an expanded product portfolio and enhanced commercial sales and service to a larger customer base.”

Founded in 1949, Taylor-Dunn is based in Anaheim, Calif. It will become part of Polaris’ Work and Transportation division, in its Global Adjacent Markets business. Polaris said Taylor-Dunn will continue to be a distinct brand and operate from its current facilities in Anaheim.

“I am proud to have had the opportunity to lead Taylor-Dunn for 25 years,” said Jim Goodwin, chairman, Taylor-Dunn. “I believe that Polaris is the right company at the right time to drive continued success at Taylor-Dunn. Polaris brings strong capabilities in innovation and continuous improvement, as well as access to larger-volume resources. I am confident this combination will bring new opportunities not only for Taylor-Dunn, but also for the company’s dealer network and its community of end users.”

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