Harley-Davidson expects to lay off five percent of workforce

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 19, 2016 11:02 AM


(Milwaukee) -- Harley-Davidson Inc. says it expects to lay off about 225 salaried employees by the end of the year to cut costs amid a sluggish U.S. motorcycle market.

The cuts amount to about five percent of the company's workforce.

About 70 contractors also will be affected.

The company says it will incur up to $25 million in employee separation and reorganization costs as it cuts production and reduces workers.

Harley-Davison has 1,024 salaried employees at its Milwaukee headquarters and 3,246 salaried employees worldwide, including at its plant in Springettsbury Township, York County.

The company has not disclosed where the job cuts will take place.

It has reported an 18.7 percent decline in third-quarter profit on lower sales and said it would cut costs.

Last month, Harley-Davidson announced plans to eliminate 117 unionized positions at its Springettsbury Township facility.

Those layoffs are expected to be completed by the end of November.

Harley had about 2,000 hourly workers in Springettsbury Township as late as 2009.

Now, about 950 members of IAM Local 175 work there.


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