Edgar Hetteen formed Polar Manufacturing in 1960 to compete directly against Polaris Industries, his previous business entity which he founded in 1954. Like Polaris, Polar Manufacturing became a top-tier American producer of snowmobiles, ATVs, and personal watercraft. The first 1960 snowmobile models were immediately successful and paved the way to introduce the Boss Cat product line in 1970. Around this time, Hetteen rechristened Polar Manufacturing into Arctic Enterprises. Sales continued to boom and Arctic Enterprises enjoyed prosperity during the 60s and early 70s but as snowmobile popularity began to wane in the mid-to-late 70s, the cashflow started to dwindle as well. Hetteen attempted to expand the company by purchasing various outside boat manufacturers but it wasn’t enough to revitalize the Arctic Enterprises name and save them from bankruptcy, which is exactly what happened in 1982. Bankruptcy wouldn’t stop Hetteen, however. In 1984, he returned to the snowmobile business under a new moniker, Arctco. Arctco resumed snowmobile production and created a brand new series of snowmobiles called Arctic Cat. Arctic Cat snowmobiles were a sales hit and generated enough revenue to allow Hetteen to develop Arctco’s first-ever ATV, the original 1996 Bearcat 454. Arctco was formally renamed Arctic Cat and became a powerful force against the other American manufacturers and the onslaught of foreign Japanese rivals from Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki. Arctic Cat ATVs are known for their enhanced practicality and utility. Models typically feature higher ground clearance, lower gear ratios (optimal for towing), large steel hauling racks, and higher-capacity fuel tanks for extended mileage. All Arctic Cat ATVs are born from the same DNA as the Bearcat including the Wildcat, Alterra, XC450, DVX 400 and the more recent offerings such as the TBX 700 EPS, VLX 700, Mudpro, and big bore 1000 XT EPS. Every model acts as an example to why Arctic Cat is such a highly-regarded name in ATV performance and reliability.
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