It's Final: Harley-Davidson Won't Move Plant To Kentucky

by Rick Howlett on December 3, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Harley-Davidson won’t be moving its Pennsylvania motorcycle assembly plant to Kentucky.

Union workers at the Harley-Davidson plant in York County, Pennsylvania, voted overwhelmingly for a seven-year contract that includes wage concessions. The vote ends seven months of speculation over the future of the assembly plant and means the facility won’t be moving to Shelbyville, Kentucky.

“It’s very disappointing. The people here at the local level in Shelby County and the state did everything they could to make this an attractive place for Harley to become their home, but unfortunately, they didn’t see it that way,” said state Sen. Gary Tapp of Shelby County.

Tapp says he does not believe Harley-Davidson played Kentucky in order to win union concessions in Pennsylvania. He says the company spent too much time and money on the potential site in Shelbyville for that to be the case.

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Denver Gates December 4, 2009 at 6:03 pm

HD played all the locations and the states for their benefit. The State of Pennsylvania gave them about
16 mil in concessions to stay. The whole thing was about beating the union over the head and the money. with HD it’s all about the money.

Rob December 5, 2009 at 12:36 pm

“with HD it’s all about the money.”

Of course it is you dolt! HD is a business.

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