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Harley-Davidson begins to layoff its workers at the Kansas City plant

Updated December 4, 2018

On Friday, the first set of layoffs took effect at the Harley-Davidson’s Kansas City.

A new manufacturing plant which is being built in Thailand and another pant in Pennsylvania would take over some of the work. The company made an announcement to several months ago that it would shut down the plant in Kansas City.

Joe Capra, of the International Association of Machinists, stated “A sad day would be an understatement…..This plant was built 20 years ago.”

The company used to have 3 shifts for its employees and now 2 of the 3 shifts would are being shut down. The third shift would continue to operate for a few more months until further notice.

Around 180 workers are going to complete their work and would leave the plant. Overall 800 workers would be left unemployed as 3 motorcycle models would be manufactured in the  Pennsylvania plant.

Some of the employees are blaming the company for taking the tax cuts from the Trump administration but did not invest it back into the manufacturing plants in America.

Joe Capra added, “They got millions of dollars when Trump administration came in and They took that money, sold back stocks, and using those millions of dollars started manufacturing overseas.”

Regarding the charge, KMBC,s Micheal Mahoney has already contacted Harley-Davidson, however, the company has not yet responded.

The company said that the demand for it motorcycles are coming from Asian countries and they see it as a fast growing market.

President Trump criticized Harley-Davidson when the company announced about the Thailand plant and over $700 million of new products to manufacturing plants overseas.

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