Harley looking for efficiency


York plant makes Softails and touring bikes

Harley-Davidson workers in the U.S. have been in talks with management over a plan to improve efficiency at the company’s York, Pennsylvania, plant.

The company says the Pennsylvania operation has more capacity than needed and costs are high.

Harley hasn’t said yet whether the plant will close but a study is being conducted and moving the York operations is one possibility in the quest for better profitability.

Meanwhile, Buell is planning a new building in East Troy, Wisconsin, and a five per cent cut in worker numbers — that’s 10 workers.

The company now uses five buildings but plans to incorporate all aspects of production into the new 163,000 square-foot plant.

The company wants to be moved in about a year from now.


  1. Im thinking they should concentrate on selling what is clogging the showroom floor right now. How much profit is there in an unsold bike ?
    It’s the old guns or butter arguement. Im thinking they are looking for an excuse to cut back production by dumping employees. Could be they are fishing for Bailout money.

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