Harley-Davidson assembly plant in Kansas City to close in early 2019

A company statment says KC operations will consolidate into York, Pa.

Marc LaVoie
January 30, 2018 - 6:38 am

The Harley-Davidson assembly plant in Kansas City is scheduled to close in early 2019. 

The company is holding employee meetings to inform them of the decision, a company spokesman told KMBZ.

At 5:55 a.m. Tuesday the company released a statement through a service called PR Newswire that said, in part, "Harley-Davidson plans to further improve its manufacturing operations and cost structure by commencing a multi-year manufacturing optimization initiative anchored by the consolidation of its motorcycle assembly plant in Kansas City, Mo. into its plant in York, Pa."

The news release went on to quote Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc.:

"The decision to consolidate our final assembly plants was made after very careful consideration of our manufacturing footprint and the appropriate capacity given the current business environment. Our Kansas City assembly operations will leave a legacy of safety, quality, collaboration and manufacturing leadership."

The Kansas City 358,000-square-foot plant near Kansas City International Airport was built in 1998, according to the company's website. The following message was posted on the site:

"Due to manufacturing requirements, the Kansas City Tour Center will be closed January 30 - February 1. The Tour Center will be open but no Factory Tours will be available January 29 and February 2-9. We apologize for the inconvenience."

A longtime Harley-Davidson worker said that the plant used to have 1,000 union workers and that number has dwindled to fewer than 400.

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