Harley-Davidson Laying Off 200 US Workers

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News out of Milwaukee is that Harley-Davidson will be laying off roughly 200 workers, as the company adjusts its workforce to reflect expected motorcycle production volumes for the coming year.

This news is directly associated with the current slowdown in Harley-Davidson sales, and as such, the layoffs will affect primarily production line workers.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the layoffs will occur at multiple Harley-Davidson production facilities: 117 employees at the York plant, 35 at the Tomahawk plant, and a handful at the the engine plant in Menomonee Falls.

This isn’t the first time that Harley-Davidson adjusted its workforce volume to match its production needs, though the layoffs do suggest that Harley-Davidson feels that its projected reduction in production numbers is likely to be a long-term situation.

“The company continually reacts to industry and market changes to provide the best products and services to our customers,” said Harley-Davidson spokesperson Maripat Blankenheim, in an email to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“To that end, as we adjust our production plan to align with 2016 guidance, we are making the necessary changes to right-size the company.”

“As a result, approximately 200 regular and casual union employees will be impacted across our U.S. plants. The majority of impacts are scheduled for the fourth quarter.”

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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