Harley-Davidson to eliminate almost 180 American jobs

Harley-Davidson layoffs won’t affect Springettsbury Township workers

Harley-Davidson Inc.’s plans to operate a motorcycle assembly plant in Thailand are drawing strong criticism from labor unions, although Harley says the plant won’t result in any U.S. job losses. The Thailand plant is scheduled to open in late 2018, Harley said Tuesday, and it will assemble bikes from components produced at the company’s U.S. facilities. Milwaukee-based Harley has similar operations in India and Brazil, where complete motorcycles are assembled from kits. Wochit

None of the approximately 180 layoffs Harley-Davidson announced Tuesday will affect workers at the company’s plant in Springettsbury Township, company spokeswoman Bernadette Lauer said.

The bulk of the layoffs will occur at Harley’s plants in Kansas City, Mo., and Menomonee Falls, Wis., the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

More: Harley-Davidson is eliminating 180 jobs after earnings fall from weaker U.S. sales

The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker Tuesday reported a 7.7 percent drop in second-quarter earnings as U.S. sales fell 9.3 percent in the three months ended June 25.

Earlier rounds of layoffs affected workers at the plant on Route 30 in Springettsbury Township.

The company announced in April it was eliminating 118 jobs there and moving those positions to Kansas City, where it consolidated production of its Softail motorcycles.

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