Harley Davidson continues to tighten its belt adjusting to financial pressures. Harley is closing the test facility in Talladega, Alabama, eliminating about 100 jobs. Plans call for consolidating test operations from Talladega, Naples, Fla., and Mesa, Ariz. to the Arizona Proving Grounds in Yucca, Ariz.
Harley Davidson also announced that they would be outsourcing non-core operations like small-parts stamping, sub-assembly and chrome plating, at the York, PA facility whether they decide to keep the facility open or not. Assembly, metal fabrication and painting would stay.
Right on the heels of the Buell announcement, these new actions show the Motor Company is aggressively cutting costs wherever it can. It will be interesting to see how many more cost cutting measures will be necessary before sales alone can keep the company afloat.