Saturday, August 4, 2018

Kansas City’s Harley-Davidson plant begins shutdown process

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The end is near for the Harley Davidson motorcycle 
plant in Kansas City north. 
Many workers there will be working their final shifts Thursday and Friday. 
Two of three shifts at the plant along Congress just south of I-435 
will clock out for the final time. Around 180 workers total will say 
goodbye to a factory that has operated the past twenty years. 
The actual plant is not expected to completely close until next year. 
One shift will continue to make motorcycles, but they will begin the 
process of moving operations from Kansas City to York, Pennsylvania. 
Harley has a state-of-the art factory in Pennsylvania, and that is 
where they will soon make the three models of motorcycle they 
currently make in Kansas City. 
All 800 Kansas City employees are expected to lose their jobs while 
York will gain 450 new jobs at their factory. 
Workers have known this day was coming – Harley announced it planned 
to shut down the plant back in January. 
Harley said they are not selling as many bikes and they once did. 
Because of this, Harley is building a plant in Thailand to sell more 
bikes in Asia - especially India, where there is a strong love for 

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