Harley-Davidson may abandon Milwaukee
if labour costs aren’t reduced soon.
Harley boss Keith Wandell, who reportedly made $6.3 million in the eight months of 2009 in which he served as head honcho, has said that H-D will move its
manufacturing operations out of Wisconsin if millions of dollars
cannot be cut from employee salary expenses.
Harley’s HQ would stay in Milwaukee,
Wandell said the company will decide
over the next two months if a move is necessary.
About 1,600 jobs would be affected,
though none of those would be Keith Wandell’s.
Meanwhile, Harley hasn’t forgotten who
made it the success that it is. The Harley-Davidson Foundation has
just announced a $1-million grant to the Disabled American Veterans.
"Veterans have always
been important members of the Harley-Davidson family and partnering
with the DAV is an ideal way to support them and recognize their
contributions to our country," said foundation president Gail Lione
at the announcement, which was made at the DAV national conference in