About Us

Passion is Power

It can scale mountains. Turn a hard day’s work into a job well done. And, it can take a Minnesota-based snowmobile company from humble beginnings to one of the most inspiring names in Powersports. At Arctic Cat®, we live for the unforgettable and strive for the impossible. Because when our passion for building precision-engineered machines meets your passion for exploring the outdoors, there’s nothing beyond reach.

Our History

We were born in the North, raised on snow and gravel, and we cut our teeth helping adventurers test their limits. And we still make our home on the great plains of Minnesota. Arctic Cat was formed by Edgar Hetteen in 1962, and transformed into a leading snowmobile, side-by-side, and ATV manufacturer over decades of trail riding, racing, and bringing friends and families together. Our community is tight-knit, passionate, and proud. And we love being part of it.

In 2017, a new era in Arctic Cat history began when we joined the Textron Inc. family of brands, which includes Bell® helicopters, Cessna aircraft, and more. Because of Textron’s heritage of power, performance, and precision engineering, the decision was made to change the off-road product brand from Arctic Cat to Textron Specialized Vehicles.

As Textron Specialized Vehicles, we released some of our most inspiring vehicles yet, including the highly anticipated Wildcat XX with its industry-leading suspension system. But as we listened to our loyal riders, it became clear that their passion for the Arctic Cat brand remained strong. That’s why in 2019 we decided our off-road vehicles should carry the Arctic Cat name once again.

Today, the bulk of our manufacturing happens at our headquarters in Thief River Falls, MN, with trails in our backyard and the mountains just a day’s drive away. Our vehicles explore the world, but they all start with American workers and an American work ethic. Just one more reason we’re proud to stand behind every machine we make.

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Thief River Falls, Minnesota

The City of Thief River Falls, population 8,722, is located in Northwestern Minnesota in Pennington County, approximately 70 miles south of the Canadian border, where the Thief River flows into the Red Lake River. Not only does Thief River Falls serve as a regional center for its agricultural base, it has also developed and retained a commercial and industrial base that includes numerous manufacturing and distribution center jobs, while being surrounded by rivers, wildlife refuges and forests.

Our Hearts Will Always Lead Us Home

Find out why thousands of people call Thief River Falls home and you can too. Find a beautiful life where two rivers meet.

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We Are An Equal Opportunity Employer.

Arctic Cat Inc. is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, military status, veteran status, handicap, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants with a disability who are in need of an accommodation in the application process should contact us by phone toll-free within the U.S. 855. 712.0159 (outside the U.S. 401.621.2107) or by e-mail at accessibility@textron.com.

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