Polaris Industries Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday on a new 475,000 square-foot distribution facility in Fernley. 

Polaris says it selected Fernley due to its strategic location and strong local and state support for economic development.

"From a freight and logistics perspective, it's an absolute perfect location for us, the proximity to our dealer base is outstanding," says Steve Eastman, president of Aftermarket, PG&A at Polaris.

Fernley Mayor Roy Edgington welcomes Polaris, saying it will benefit the local economy with job growth and variety.

"Diversification, manufacturing, warehousing, all these things are very important for us."

Some of the approximately 37-acre site was rezoned specifically for this project, from commercial to solely manufacturing.

“The decision by Polaris to locate this innovative facility in Fernley is fantastic for the city and Lyon County and it really underscores Nevada’s growing status as the place for logistics operations,” Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has said. “Strategically located within a one-day drive time to 10 major U.S. cities, the Silver State is within reach of 60 million consumers and five major U.S. ports servicing the Pacific Rim. We welcome Polaris to the Nevada family and look forward to its future success.”

The Fernley distribution center, the company’s first multi-brand distribution center, will eventually serve Polaris, Transamerican Auto Parts and Kolpin customers. At full capacity, the site will employ up to 100 people.

“We welcome Polaris Industries to the Sierra Region,” said Robert Hooper, Northern Nevada Development Authority president and CEO. “The company’s selection of Fernley for their new distribution facility is a significant addition to the city, Lyon County and Nevada. Fernley is rapidly developing as Northern Nevada’s newest logistics hub. It is particularly well-situated for linkages between rail, trucking and warehousing operations.”

Construction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019.

(Polaris contributed to this report.)