Harley Davidson has so far visited 3 of 4 potential locations for a new Harley Davidson factory in anticipation of a possible shutdown of the York, PA facility. The cities in contention are Shelbyville, Ind., Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Shelbyville, Ky. The 4th city has not yet been visited so the name has not been disclosed. (See update below)
The York facility is still being studied to determine whether it should be closed or updated. A decision is expected before the end of the year.
Link: Business Journal
UPDATE: The fourth city being considered is Kansas City, MO, which was revealed after a visit Thursday by Harley officials. Kansas City is currently the location of one plant, this would add a second plant next to the current facility on land already owned by Harley Davidson.
UPDATE 2: Interesting quote from article linked below:
The York operations are not competitive or sustainable long-term as they are now structured, company spokesman Bob Klein said.
Harley also says work rules and job classifications at the (York) plant limit its ability to be competitive. “There’s a need for much greater flexibility in the work we do there,” Klein said.
Food for thought.