‘Nimble’ Polar Corp. celebrating 65th anniversary

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Polar Corp., a manufacturer of aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel tank trailers, is celebrating its 65th anniversary.

“As we celebrate this milestone, it’s a great time for Polar and our customers,” said Ted Fick, Polar CEO. “We’re combining advanced technology and production techniques with a legacy of innovation, engineering, and customer support. At 65, we’re more nimble than ever.”

The company started as the Opole Blacksmith Shop owned by brothers Vince, Roy, and Frank Warzecha, welders who built stainless steel tanks for bulk milk distribution. Today, Polar employs more than 1,700 and is comprised of three companies: Polar Tank Trailer, Polar Service Centers, and Quality Trailer Products.

With three manufacturing plants, Polar Tank produces custom tank trailers for oil and fuel, food products, asphalt, chemicals, corrosives, and pneumatic bulk cargoes, as well as vacuum truck bodies. Polar Service Centers is a factory-owned repair and parts network, with 28 locations in 17 states. Quality Trailer Products manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry, including fenders, axles, brakes, and wheels.

Officials say recent investments at the company include 3D mechanical design and digital prototyping tools, precision manufacturing tools, and plant-footprint expansions.

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