By Calvin Palmer
Harley-Davidson Inc has taken to the road looking at sites in four states as a possible alternative to its main plant in York, Pennsylvania.
Officials from the iconic motorcycle company have inspected locations in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Shelbyville, Indiana; Shelbyville, Kentucky; and Kansas City, Missouri, said Harley spokesman Bob Klein.
The company has said its assembly plant in York, employing 2,300 people, has too much capacity and is not cost-effective.
The Milwaukee-based company announced in May it would either find ways to improve the York plant’s efficiency or relocate elsewhere. A decision is expected later this year.
Klein says remaining in York is the company’s preferred path.
Is that just spin to allay the fears of workers at the York plant? His statement does rather beg the question as to why Harley has spent the time and effort looking at alternative locations.
I wonder if the new locations are offering the company tax-break incentives to attract the assembly plant. Perhaps, I am being too cynical.
If I was employed at the York plant, I think I would start scanning the employment ads in the newspaper and posting my resume online, unless a huge severance package was headed my way.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]