Harley-Davidson scouts Shelby County for site

August 20, 2009

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. is considering Shelby County as the site for a massive new motorcycle plant.

Company management was in Shelby County yesterday to get additional information, company spokesman Bob Klein told The Business Journal of Milwaukee.

Klein said that earlier this week, management scouted sites in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Shelbyville, Ky. He said a fourth U.S. community also is under consideration, but he declined to identify it because management hasn’t made a visit.

The company is scouting sites as it considers scaling back or discontinuing production at an aging complex in York, Pa., that employs 2,500. Workers there are scattered across 42 buildings with a total of 1 million square feet.

Incentives could play a key role in attracting or retaining jobs. The state of Pennsylvania already has pledged $15 million that Harley-Davidson could apply toward upgrading the York complex.

The company expects to decide how to proceed by the end of the year.


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