Harley to close for one week

Sep 15, 2007 — Harley-Davidson will cut production by closing its Springettsbury Township plant and others for one week this fall, the company said Friday.
The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker, which continues to face low dealer sales, told its workers Friday that the company will shut down its final assembly plants in Springettsbury Township and Kansas City, Mo., for the week of Nov. 26.

In addition, Harley-Davidson will shut down its powertrain operations in Wauwatosa, Wis., and Menomonee Falls, Wis., and its Tomahawk Operations in Tomahawk, Wis., that week.
The company will not pay its employees during the shutdown, said Bob Klein, a spokesman for Harley-Davidson.

Workers laid off during the shutdowns will continue to receive health care coverage, company spokeswoman Rebecca Bortner said in an e-mail.

The manufacturer will recall all laid-off workers after the shutdown, Klein said.
“The company regrets the temporary impact the shipment reduction will have on so many of its employees as well as its dealers, suppliers and customers,” Bortner said in the e-mail.

Overall reduced consumer spending and low dealer sales in August are to blame for the production cuts, the company has said.

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