Harley Davidson to close Kansas City plant

Harley Davidson (AP)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSNW) – Harley-Davidson plans to close the Kansas City motorcycle assembly plant.

Company officials expect approximately 800 jobs will be eliminated with the closure of the Kansas City plant. 450 jobs will be added in York, Pennsylvania by 2019.

Workers found out this morning their plant is moving after being there for 20 years. Layoffs are expected to begin mid-year and the facility will close in the third quarter of 2019.

Harley-Davidson statement:

As we continue to improve our cost structure and maintain world-class manufacturing operations, we are launching a significant, multi-year manufacturing optimization initiative that is anchored in the consolidation of our Kansas City, Mo. final assembly operations into our York, Pa. final assembly plant.

This decision was made after very careful consideration of our manufacturing footprint and the appropriate capacity given the current business environment. We are constantly evaluating capacity and our current U.S. capacity exceeds U.S. demand. Approximately 800 full-time, causal and contract positions will be impacted at the Kansas City plant. Layoffs are expected to begin mid-year and the facility will close in the third quarter of 2019. We anticipate an increase of approximately 450 full-time, casual and contractor positions will be added at our York facility, which will be expanded to support additional production.

This was a decision we did not take lightly. The Kansas City plant has been assembling Harley-Davidson motorcycles since 1997, and our employees will leave a great legacy of quality, pride and manufacturing leadership. We are grateful to them and the Kansas City community for their many years of support and their service to our dealers and our riders.”

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