Harley-Davison to consolidate Kansas City assembly plant to York County facility

Harley-Davison to consolidate Kansas City assembly plant to York County facility

Harley-Davison to consolidate Kansas City assembly plant to York County facility

Harley-Davidson announced this morning it will consolidate its motorcycle assembly plant in Kansas City, Missouri to its plant located in Springettsbury Township, York County.

The motorcycle maker reported an 82 percent slide in fourth-quarter profit to $8.3 million, or 5 cents per share, partly on charge related to the new tax code.

It expects ongoing annual cash savings of $65 million to $75 million after 2020. Matt Levatich, the president and chief executive officer of the company, said that the company is planning to bring the new motorcycle to market within 18 months.

Despite generally higher US consumer spending, Harley is grappling with an ageing customer base and younger, more price-sensitive buyers hesitant to embrace the iconic brand as previous generations have done.

Citing a drop in USA motorcycle sales, in addition to shifting demand across its lineup, Harley-Davidson has announced that it will close its Kansas City, Missouri, plant by July 2019, eliminating 800 jobs.

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So far, details on the new production electric bike are thin on the ground, but we've reached out to Harley-Davidson for further information and will update this story accordingly.

As per reports, the yet to be named bike would carry a 50-mile range and would be able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds. Back in 2014, HD released an electric motorcycle project called Livewire. But the company says their Pennsylvania plant will add about 450 jobs as a result of this closure. A Harley-Davidson LiveWire was even used in the 2015 Hollywood film "Avengers:Age of Ultron" in a scene where Black Widow drops out of the bottom of a jet fighter astride a Harley-Davidson LiveWire. And for the second year, the eurozone even grew faster than the USA, which expanded by 2.3 percent in 2017. And if the final production model comes out closely resembling the fit and finish of the concept, it could be one of the most impressive, and certainly most desirable electric motorcycles on the market. The company hopes to add 2 million riders overall in the next decade. At the same time, the company is building a factory in Thailand that will assemble bikes using components shipped from the U.S.

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales fell 6.7% in 2017 compared to 2016.

But it did show that one of the most iconic motorcycle companies, which is also obviously entrenched in internal combustion engines, is at least looking at other powertrain technologies.

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