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Harley owners – the writing is on the wall with this…….

Found at Cyril Huze Blog –

This Thursday evening spokesperson Bob Klein announced that Harley-Davidson has advised the Wisconsin Department of Commerce that it will not pursue the Enterprisee Zone Tax Credit of $25 million that the company could have earned during the next 9 years for keeping operations in Wisconsin.

So, the immediate question is, why Harley would refuse the corporate welfare (free money at the expense of the taxpayer) sought after by so many companies to fatten their bottom lines?

Although the Wisconsin force reduction estimates made by Harley in September didn’t change, the Milwaukee manufacturer now considers that the anticipated employment level may not meet the technical requirements of the Wisconsin statute for job retention and growth… Now, Harley-Davidson is playing hardball with its Kansas City plant workers and everybody is expecting another shakedown. State of Missouri Officials are forewarned that Harley CEO Keith Wandell is ready to do whatever necessary to make the company profitable again and that to have his company qualify for tax incentives is not his priority and will not influence his reorganization decisions. Harley-Davidson.


Union Workers Approve New contract at Harley Davidson

Union workers at Harley-Davidson’s Wisconsin plants have approved a seven-year contract that keeps work at the Tomahawk and Menomonee Falls plants, although at a price.

The deal creates a two-tier workforce similar to what the Motor Co. has at its plants in the York, Penn., area. It preserves some full-time, union jobs, but transitions some to part-time, seasonal, “casual” positions.

“It doesn’t feel good now, but we’re happy we kept jobs in Milwaukee,” Mike Masik, president of United Steelworkers of America Local 2-209, told the Milwaukee Small Business Times. “My people will be at work tomorrow and will be making quality engines and transmissions … This contract has no guarantees. [The company] only said that they will stop their search for a new spot. (The lack of a guarantee is a) big concern.”

Had the contract not been approved, Harley’s board of directors would have met tomorrow to begin the process of moving production out of the state, a letter from CEO Keith Wandell warned the unions.

“They put the people’s back to the wall. “[The workers] had to do it [approve the contract],” Masik said.

The new force of “casual” workers will not receive benefits and will be paid $16.80 an hour, compared with $30.50 plus benefits for regular, full-time employees.

Posted by Holly Wagner at Dealer News

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Harley Davidson Lay Off – God Bless These Folks

Harley-Davidson Motor Co. has plans to lay off 94 workers at its distribution center in Franklin, Wisc., starting June 7.

The Motor Co. filed notice with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development about the layoffs, part of ongoing cost-cutting at the company, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

H-D announced last year that it would shutter the distribution center, turning PG&A distribution over to a third party

Harley Davidson – HOSTILE TAKE OVER!

The last I seen on the news – was that this was pretty much a loosing battle for Harley Davidson – The news link is dated March 16th 2010 that I posted. But the tickers on most news channels were filed with the reports of Harley Davidson’s eventual take over by German based Firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Company and to my understanding  – KK&R ( ) is acting on the take over for an un-named client.,0,5210791.story

Harley-Davidson Recalls 112,000 Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson is recalling certain 2009 and 2010 Touring motorcycles, including CVO Touring and Trike motorcycles, manufactured from June 6, 2008, through Nov. 19, 2009. The potential number of units affected is 111,569.

The front fuel tank mounts may distort in reaction to severe frame damage from a frontal collision. This condition could cause a fuel leak at the weld of the front bracket to the tunnel. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, notes a government bulletin.

Dealers will install a left and right brace, which are intended to reduce front mount distortion during certain crash conditions. The recall is expected to begin on or about Dec. 14.

The NHTSA campaign ID number is 09V457000. Below is a list of the affected models and years.


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