Harley-Davidson Begins Construction on Grassroot Plants in York, PA and Tomahawk, WI
HOUSTON--Feb. 4, 2002--The following is an advisory by Industrialinfo.com (Industrial Information Resources, Incorporated; Houston, Texas). The year 2000 ended on a very high note for Harley-Davidson (H-D). Not only did they post record earnings of over $890 million for the 4th quarter, but they were also named company of the year by Forbes Magazine due to their record sales growth and earnings for the year. In addition, after the tragedy of 9-11, H-D donated 30 police motorcycles and $1 million to the relief efforts in New York City and Washington DC.
H-D also began construction on their two largest capital projects, announced earlier in 2000. In York, PA construction began on the new $145 million, 350,000 sqft, grassroot manufacturing facility. Located at the 232 acre H-D complex and adding to the existing 1.2 million sqft of manufacturing space that H-D already has in York, the new plant will include an additional 275 jobs to the local economy, boosting H-D's total workforce to over 3,000 nationwide.
In Tomahawk, WI, supported by a $500,000 Public Facilities for Economic Development grant from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce for infrastructure, H-D began construction on a new 60,000 sqft manufacturing facility. This investment, coupled with the upgrades and expansion planned for their Wauwatosa, WI operations, insure that H-D will remain a major player in the Wisconsin industrial marketplace. Combined, the two Wisconsin projects will help retain 800 jobs and will create an additional 393 new jobs in the next three years.
With the construction of these two new plants, the expansion and upgrade plans in Wauwatosa, the relocation of their Dyna Glide line from York, PA to Kansas City, MO and additional upgrade and expansion plans, H-D is hoping to increase overall production to 256,000 motorcycles in 2002.
The $1 billion that H-D has spent in the last 6 years for capital improvements and the over $250 million that is currently being spent ensures that H-D will be in the running for company of the year for years to come as earnings skyrocket despite slowdowns in the economy.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company, founded in 1903 and the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and offers a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories, apparel, and general merchandise.
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