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Harley-Davidson, Cast as Trump’s Model Manufacturer, to Shut Kansas City Plant

Posted January 30, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Jamie Butters – Toronto Star)

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

The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker will close its factory in Kansas City, Mo., and consolidate production in York, Penn., according to a statement Tuesday. 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.

Harley is consolidating its U.S. manufacturing presence as its bike sales fall on every continent. And the pain won’t end this year: The company projected global sales will drop as much as 4.9 per cent more in 2018 after a 6.7-per-cent decline last year. Click here to read more.