HARLEY DAVIDSON WILL SHIFT PRODUCTION, LAY OFF 118 PENNSYLVANIA WORKERS

SPRIGETTSBURY TWP., York County, Pa. — As part of a production realignment, Harley-Davidson will layoff 118 workers at its Vehicle Operations plant in Springettsbury Township.

The layoffs will begin June 23rd and be completed by the end of July.

The company is moving production of its Softail motorcycles to the Kansas City facility, according to Bernadette Lauer, Communications Manager.

The York plant will continue to produce Touring bikes and Trikes. About 800 employees will remain in York after the layoffs, down from over 2,000 just eight years ago, in 2009.

The company said it told employees in November 2015 of plans to shift production of Harley-Davidson Cruisers from the Pennsylvania plant to Kansas City starting in the 2018 model year. Harley-Davidson told employees on Thursday it will cut about 118 positions in York and add 118 positions in its Kansas City plant, spokeswoman Katie Whitmore said.

Harley-Davidson on Tuesday reported a 25.6 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt by a drop in shipments. The Milwaukee-based company’s net income fell to $186.37 million, or $1.05 per share, in the first quarter ended March 26, from $250.49 million, or $1.36 per share, a year earlier.

Demand for Harley’s motorcycles in the United States has slowed as its loyal baby boomer demographic ages and rivals such as Indian motorcycle-maker Polaris Industries Inc (PII.N) and Japan’s Honda Motor Co Ltd (7267.T) offer competitive discounts.


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