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Harley to Milwaukee workers: cut production costs, or production will move elsewhere

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Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson.
Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson.

MILWAUKEE (WSAU) One of Wisconsin’s most famous home-grown companies says it will have to cut millions-of-dollars in manufacturing costs – or else it will move its production elsewhere. Harley-Davidson of Milwaukee told employees today there are significant “cost gaps” that must be filled.

Spokesman Bob Klein told the Journal Sentinel that Harley prefers to keep its production base in Wisconsin – but it must explore other U-S sites in case it cannot achieve what he called “concrete workable solutions.” The paper says hundreds-of-jobs are at stake at Harley’s factory on Pilgrim Road in Milwaukee.

Earlier this month, Harley reported a 71-percent drop in its quarterly profits, compared to a year ago. And the profit was eight-cents-a-share less than what outside analysts had predicted.

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