Harley-Davidson’s new boss has shelved a consolidation plan just as construction was about to begin on a Buell factory.
According to the Business Journal of Milwaukee, Harley’s new CEO and president, Keith Wandell, led a review of the plan to move all Buell manufacturing operations into a single $10-million building in East Troy, Wisconsin, and then made a last-minute decision to cancel the plan because of the economic slowdown.
Construction of a 163,000-square-foot plant would have started this month and Buell would likely have moved in about a year from now.
Buell currently makes its motorcycles in five leased buildings in East Troy. The move was intended to improve cost efficiency.