Matthew S Levatich
3700 W. Juneau Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53208 United States
Harley Davidson initially accepted $6.4 million for local and state leaders to lure the company to Kansas City. Since it moved to Kansas Harley Davidson has received millions more.
Harley-Davidson announced in January that it will close its Kansas City, MO manufacturing plant. This will affect 572 IAM members at Harley and its contractor Syncreon and over 800 workers in total. The facility will be shuttered in late 2019, when the work is shifted to another motorcycle plant in York, PA. The plant opened in 1997 and at its peak, employed over 1,100 people. Harley was lured to Kansas City with $6.4 million in incentives by the state of Missouri, the city, and Platte County, with millions in additional incentives such as tax credits and subsidies provided to the firm during its lifetime. The company blamed the move on the current low levels of motorcycle sales, which have not fully recovered from the Great Recession. However, the company last year announced plans to open a factory in Thailand, a country known for low labor costs.