Harley-Davidson eliminating 180 jobs

July 25, 2017

Harley-Davidson eliminating 180 jobsAfter earnings fall from weaker US sales Harley-Davidson is eliminating 180 production jobs at its plants in Milwaukee and Kansas City.

While many European and Japanese manufacturers have announced record breaking sales Harley-Davidson struggles selling their motorcycles. Now the Milwaukee based company has reported the second quarter 2017 results. Officials said U.S. sales were down 9.3 percent, and global sales were down 6.7 percent from the same period a year ago – when sales also declined.

“Lower expected shipments means we will need to reduce plant production, and this has an implication for our manufacturing facilities, our people and our financial performance. This action will require an hourly workforce reduction at some of our U.S. manufacturing plants,” Harley President and CEO Matt Levatich said in a conference call with analysts.

All in all 180 jobs will be eliminated until this fall. The Milwaukee-area plant, which builds motorcycle engines, and the Kansas City plant, which assembles bikes, will be hit the hardest.

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