Friday, 1 April 2011


Harley Davidson to shut down Production

NEW YORK -- Harley-Davidson Inc. is considering closing all its motorcycle assembly facilities in Pennsylvania, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

Last month, Harley reported a 78-percent decline in its profit for the first three months of the year. The company's sales have been falling recently as the downturn in consumer confidence and the tighter credit markets have made many consumers skittish about buying its high-end bikes.

Earlier in the year the company was said considering moving production elsewhere as it aimed to lower costs and cope with a sales downturn, it also planned production shutdowns and line rate adjustments at powertrain operations in Menomonee Falls and Wauwatosa, Wis., and at motorcycle assembly operations in York, Pa., and Kansas City, Mo. but the spokesman said the company is working with its union, the Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, as it conducts a review on the facility. He said no other locations is under consideration for a move.

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