Harley-Davidson to Cut 180 Jobs in Milwaukee Area

An operator works on assembly with the Milwaukee-Eight engine at Harley-Davidson's Menomonee Falls plant. (Courtesy: Dan Shafer)


Harley-Davidson Inc. plans to eliminate 180 U.S. manufacturing jobs in layoffs affecting plants in the Milwaukee area and in Kansas City, Mo., according to a union official.

“We will have an hourly workforce reduction at some of our U.S. manufacturing plants and are sharing details with employees today and tomorrow,” said Harley-Davidson spokeswoman Katie Whitmore confirmed to the Milwaukee Business Journal Tuesday morning. She did not provide further details on how many will be affected at Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson’s (NYSE: HOG) 912,000-square-foot plant in Menomonee Falls.

About 1,000 people are employed at the Menomonee Falls plant.

The company intends to lay off 180 workers at plants in Kansas City and Milwaukee, said Mike Bolton, director United Steelworkers District 2 said. Harley-Davidson’s Milwaukee-area production facility is the powertrain plant in Menomonee Falls, while the company’s corporate offices are in Milwaukee. Harley’s other U.S. production facility is in York, Pa.

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