Arctic Cat, Inc., maker of snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and personal watercraft, announced in September its intention to move its corporate headquarters to a location with historical character and abundant transportation options.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported that CEO Christopher Metz plans to grow the company over the next five years and wanted a location “for the workforce we’re going to continue to attract.” The North Loop location in downtown Minneapolis “is centrally located, is served by mass transit, and has a strong sense of history, Metz said.”
The Star Tribune reported that Metz said the new location “should make it easier for the company to recruit engineers and product development pros as well as other executives and administrators.” “People are realizing that for us to be able to grow and compete on a global basis, we need a more global footprint that allows us to attract diverse business, and a diverse workforce. We think this is a step in that direction,” he said.
The North Loop location of the new corporate offices is a few blocks from Target Field Station, with service from the Green and Blue line Metro trains and Northstar commuter rail. Several express and local bus routes come into the transit center on 5th Street. The location is well served by bicycle routes, including on-street routes and the nearby Cedar Lake Trail. Bike share and car share hubs are also nearby.