Trump’s “model American manufacturer” – Harley-Davidson – closing Kansas City plant


Chicago Tribune

❝ A deepening slump in U.S. motorcycle demand is spurring more job cuts and a plant closure at Harley-Davidson Inc., a company President Donald Trump has cast as a model American manufacturer.

The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker will close its factory in Kansas City, Missouri, and consolidate production in York, Pennsylvania…The restructuring will eliminate about 260 U.S. jobs, Chief Executive Officer Matt Levatich said on a conference call. Trump praised the company last year as a “great example” of a business creating jobs and building factories in the country.

In closing the Kansas City plant, Harley will eliminate about 800 jobs; it will add 450 in York, a mix of full-time, part-time and contract positions.

❝ “They didn’t even give us a call ahead of time,” Joe Capra, directing business agent for Local 778 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers…“It is real devastation for these people who work here and work hard in the Kansas City area.”

Dunno if their problems are intrinsic to quality control or not. Since one of their biggest competitors in the Hog market – Polaris’ Victory – is shutting down, too, I expect their design team is simply as out of date as Trump.

3 thoughts on “Trump’s “model American manufacturer” – Harley-Davidson – closing Kansas City plant

  1. Footnote says:

    George Adams Wyman (1877~1959) was the first person to make a transcontinental crossing of the United States by motor vehicle. In 1903, Wyman rode his 1902 California Motorcycle Company motor bicycle from San Francisco to New York City in 51 days, finishing 20 days before Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson, the first person to cross the continent by automobile. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_A._Wyman Wyman’s motorcycle had a 200 cc (12 cu in), 1.5 hp (1.1 kW) four-stroke engine attached to an ordinary diamond-frame bicycle. Wyman was also the first American to circumnavigate the continent of Australia on a bicycle.

  2. Born to be wild says:

    “The European Union is preparing to impose tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and other high-profile U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s planned taxes on imported steel and aluminum.” https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2018/03/03/european-union-proposes-tariffs-harley-davidson-motorcycles/391958002/
    “Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Sunday that he has no reason to believe President Donald Trump will reverse his controversial tariff announcement this week, but left room for the often unpredictable president to change his mind. “Whatever his final decision is, is what will happen,” Ross said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “What he has said he has said; if he says something different, it’ll be something different.”
    “The president has announced that this will happen this week. I have no reason to think otherwise,” Ross added. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/commerce-sec-ross-no-reason-think-trump-will-reverse-tariff-n853021 (includes video)
    “Trump’s tariff decision is one of the worst fears about his presidency come to life : Trump was in a bad mood. So he decided to maybe start a trade war.” https://www.vox.com/world/2018/3/2/17072300/trump-tariffs-steel-aluminum-disaster

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