Tuesday, January 30, 2018

SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY HARLEY PLANT SHUT DOWN UNDER POLICE PROTECTION!!!



This morning workers at the Harley plant reported their factory shut down as police instructed them to go home.

Translation . . .

WORKER LOCKOUT AT THE KANSAS CITY HARLEY-DAVISON PLANT THIS MORNING!!!

Confirmation - Officials report the plant is closing in 2019

A message from the website:

"Due to manufacturing requirements, the Kansas City Tour Center will be closed January 30 - February 1. The Tour Center will be open but no Factory Tours will be available January 29 and February 2-9. We apologize for the inconvenience."

Further explanation rom a presser . . .

"Harley-Davidson plans to further improve its manufacturing operations and cost structure by commencing a multi-year manufacturing optimization initiative anchored by the consolidation of its motorcycle assembly plant in Kansas City . . . The decision to consolidate our final assembly plants was made after very careful consideration of our manufacturing footprint and the appropriate capacity given the current business environment. Our Kansas City assembly operations will leave a legacy of safety, quality, collaboration and manufacturing leadership," stated Matt Levatich.

More than 600 people work at the plant that has been engaging in layoffs for years.

Developing . . .

96 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely no fun.

They have the right to trash the place.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the Trump recovery.

Anonymous said...

Do not worry.

The new bikes will be made overseas and you'll like the $20 savings so much!

Real KC said...

The jobs are going to be shipped to York, Pa.

But probably Mexico.

Definitely Mexico. Monterrey to be exact.

Anonymous said...

Still better than buying a rice burner, man. This is fucked up, dude.

KC Vulcan Cruiser said...

A Kawasaki actually has more American parts than a Harley.

And it's a much better bike.

Harley's break down too much. The Vulcan is just a superior machine. Ask your wife, she knows.

Anonymous said...

So the KCPD are working as quasi strike breakers now? Is this supposed to be community outreach?

Anonymous said...

Did their tax incentives end? Move to another city, get tax incentives for 10-15 years then move again. Worked for Cbiz, it probably works for HD.

Anonymous said...

This is the direct consequence of Trump's America. I though he was bringing back jobs jobs jobs. I'm sure tired of all this "winning"

Anonymous said...

Ya that's it 1 year of trump not 8 yrs of regulations by barrack Hussein Obamas crooked ass

Anonymous said...

I thought those workers were supposed to be getting bonuses and raises.

Trump promised.

So the Greedy Old Perverts screwed the workers again.

In the meantime, how's their stock doing? A few people are still making tons of money.

Anonymous said...

The closing is the result of one thing: Harley buyers are old. Younger people aren’t buying Harleys.

Lou said...

^^^ dipshit blaming Trump

Anonymous said...

Why would you think they send mfg outside the US when the article states about EV infancy/capabilities that HD is looking at?

Anonymous said...

Trump brags about the economy and takes all the credit.

MAGA, stocks at a records high, tax cuts make everyone rich.

OK, but he gets the blame too, dumb ass.

Anonymous said...

Hey dumbfucks Obama 8 yrs trump 1 yr

Anonymous said...

KILLA city loses every business cause of liberals high taxes

Anonymous said...

It's a niche market that has seen less interest over the years.

Their target buyers are getting older and not being replaced by younger ones.

There's a glut of gently used bikes on craigslist, so why buy new when someone else takes the depriciation hit.

A Trump presidency or Clinton presidency has no effect whatsoever on whether or not enough people have interest in a product you're selling.

Not rocket science...

Anonymous said...

REMEMBER THE RACETRACK KANSAS WON THAT CAUSE OF KCS HIGH TAXES

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot 1% earnings tax.

Anyone who thinks this was not a factor in their decision is dumb.

Anonymous said...

808 buy a book i mean have the tax payers buy you a book and read about high taxes and see what happend to places like New York and California under obamas great economy? High taxes meant liberal cities like New York California Illinoise lost people and business to low tax states like Texas

Anonymous said...

Sux for those workers. Feel for those guys and gals. Damn, keep your head on swivel.

Anonymous said...

Funny they thrived during the Obama years. Stock went from $10 to $60.

Under Trump, they pocket new tax break money and shut down the plant.

Face it, Trump and his administration will do NOTHING to save manufacturing and don't give 2 shits about union workers.

Maybe you all just like fluffing the great Orange one.

Anonymous said...

Since trump has been pres I've made a 40 percent jump on my 401 and my taxes will be lower sorry people that are lazy and never work the Obama welfare party is over!

Anonymous said...

822 is full of shit

Anonymous said...

The bikes are not selling like they used to.

Anonymous said...

There are several moronic and inaccurate comments by people who didn't bother to actually read the article. Jobs are not being lost and the bikes are not going to be made in another country. The jobs are being moved to Pennsylvania.

Anonymous said...

Fuck liberal taxes

Anonymous said...

8:20, go read some real news.

California, New York and Massachusetts have done great since the great recession. Meanwhile, Brownback with his no business tax plan made Kansas a broke shithole.

Anonymous said...

8:23: I hope that continues, but it's a paper profit that can just as quickly turn into a paper loss. Remember 2007-2009.

Anonymous said...

Fuck Greedy Old Perverts layoffs while pocketing tax breaks.

Goggle the stock price history on HOG.

And Fuck Trump too.

Anonymous said...

Ya fuck the libs and Harley

Anonymous said...

California has over a trillion dollars of debt

Lou said...

8 years of obama turned
Murica into the jerry
springer show dumbasses

Anonymous said...

You phoney liberals talk out both sides of your mouths! Claire voted for tax breaks dumbasses

Anonymous said...

Kennedy lowered taxes you phoney liberal squirts

Anonymous said...

Under Obama our Gpd looked like a liberals dick it never grew over 1.5 percent

Anonymous said...

Why would I believe liberals you steal elections from your own party

Anonymous said...

God you Republikkklans are dumb.

States have to balance the budgets.

California has a Trillion in debt. WHAT??? Someone can't tell the difference between billion and trillion again.

CA has had balanced budgets for years. This year, they are expecting a $1.6 Billion deficient, thanks in part to the Trump's federal changes that impact state collections. Much like Kansas, they are required to find a way to fund it.

Anonymous said...

Hey fuckwad, it's GDP, not gpd. Maybe you need a GED.

Also, 2015 under Obama GDP grew by 2.6 percent.

First year of Trump, 2.3 percent.

Trump = Little hands, smaller GDP. 8:45 = Little brain

Anonymous said...

TOP PHOTO -- KING OF THE ROAD

A Softail Slim asked if she could ride my FatBoy!!!

Lou said...

yeah, so it's time to
git off your ass and
git a job dumb ass

Anonymous said...

Yes, @8:39, Kennedy lowered taxes, both Personal (Top Bracket from 91% to 72%) and Corporate (Top Bracket 54% to 48%). And over GOP Howls he added Regulations on Corporations that prevented them from moving manufacturing overseas.

AND THAT WAS THE ONLY DAMN TIME IN RECENT HISTORY THAT A TAX CUT HAD A POSITIVE EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY!

All the other tax cuts that the GOP has managed to get enacted (Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I, and Bush the Lesser) have either failed to have a positive effect or have sent the Economy into a tailspin!

History would indicate that the best tax levels in this Country are a top Personal bracket of 72% and a top Corporate bracket of 48%, and that TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMIC THEORIES ARE HORSESHIT!

So what does the Good Ol' GOP do?
Another frickin' TAX CUT!

Lou said...

ridin jap bikes and suckin
dick is politically correct
welcome to the jerry springer
show millinials !!!

Anonymous said...

AGAIN YOU LIBERALS STEAL YOUR OWN ELECTIONS WHY WOULD ANYONE BELIEVE YOU

Anonymous said...

Yes we can be liars just like you dems

Anonymous said...

Trump has nothing to do with the Harley factory closing in 2019. You Libs have your heads up your asses.

HD is a LOUSY never-ending OIL LEAK on two wheels and as a result, nobody buys them anymore.....plus they're way too expensive. It's a shitty motorcycle for the money.

Anonymous said...

855 go steal a election or rape someone and make your party proud

Anonymous said...

I would rather suck a dick than ride a rice burner and I ain’t no dicksucking liberal. The Harley’s mad in York are better anyway.

Anonymous said...

Oh the EPIC pants-shitting here! There are shit-filled diapers as far as the eye can see!!!

Anonymous said...

HOW COME FOR EIGHT YEARS OBAMA BLAMED BUSH ON EVERYTHING BUT TRUMP GETS IN AND IN A DAY EVERYTHING IS HIS FAULT

Anonymous said...

Glad I can come to this website and see everyone regurgitating the same bullshit they got off the Fox News or CNN feed. Do any of you dumb motherfuckers even think for yourselves or just cut and paste whatever bullshit you heard on a.m. talk radio? Wake up. You bitches are fighting over the crumbs left for you by the two parties as if the world can be divided into only two flavors of thinking.

Anonymous said...

it was surprising to me that the harley phenomenon was as big as it was for as long as it was.

trends are obviously moving another direction now.

sad, but things change.

Gord said...

Sad news for the 600 workers here in KC, and for the local economy as a whole. We're all poorer for this in the long run.

Anonymous said...

HD doesn't owe the toothless peckerwoods of KC a fucking thing and when you throw in that special 30 percent of the population it seems reasonable that they would move somewhere that the y can engage in production rather than pandering and local politics. Fuck Kansas Shitty! Besides they don't publish a newspaper so why keep a company that serves no purpose for the political machine. Given that HD has spend years trying to figure out how to pay back the idiot that talked them into building in KC, the locals should be happy for the dog & pony show for as long as it lasted.

John S said...

Well at least they have that AWESOME union to save their jobs.
Oh, wait...

Anonymous said...

Yes, but this is going to cut into the Donated Organs Market that the local Hospitals have developed, too!

And there won't be nearly as many fat assed Widows desperate for consolation around either!

Anonymous said...

Anybody making Book on who's next? Sprint, Cerner, DST...?

Anonymous said...


Fat slob geezers with douchebag goatees dying off --

there goes Harley's market

Anonymous said...


Woo Hoo! --- 600 less Democrat greedy union slobs!

M A G A!

Anonymous said...

"HOW COME FOR EIGHT YEARS OBAMA BLAMED BUSH ON EVERYTHING BUT TRUMP GETS IN AND IN A DAY EVERYTHING IS HIS FAULT"

Well, Bush did order the invasion of Iraq because of imaginary WMDs and exited during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, but Trump is doing his best to make Bush look like a genius.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the market correction is at hand Dow down 318 points today. Will be second straight loss. This is Trump's fault. He has tied himself to the market.

Anonymous said...

The yuppies finally realized how stupid they looked on the bikes and sales went down. The real bikers just wrench on their old bikes.. dont buy new. Not a great growth model

Anonymous said...

Trump making America a shithole...

Anonymous said...

Pussy, go suck some dick.

Anonymous said...

Trump haters are pathetic low IQ.

Anonymous said...

There were too many negro workers there. They brought the whole plant's productivity down because negroes are really lazy, you know. It's a fact.

I mean ONE is "too many," but there was more than one.

Anonymous said...

This is exactly the same kind of shit Trump talk about before he was president we have lost jobs to other countries based on tariffs. China, the biggest consumer Market in the world has a $10,000 per bike tariff on Harley-Davidsons coming into China only the super-rich in China can own one yet China is the number one market for motorcycles in the world so the fine quality products that was being built at the Harley plant cannot be sold in China yet they're cheap bikes Coming to America with no terrifs. It's the same thing for washing machines microchips or automobiles. The playing field is not level and American workers get hurt by these high Teriffs put on to our products by other countries this practice must stop.

Anonymous said...


"Harley can't get younger people into the hobby and the bikes are too big to be transportation in Europe or Asia," Kevin Tynan, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst, said in an email. "That future is really dark.

sorry, snowflakes, this is a secular prob for Harley

Anonymous said...

^^Yea, just like Wal-Mart's closing of Sam's Club and those workers losing their Jobs. Oh, and don't forget Carrier's Plant closing in Indiana and those 200 jobs shipped to Mexico. Oh, don't forget all the steel worker's he promised to protect, ArcelorMittal just laid off 150 people in December. According to the Labor Department, over 93,000 jobs have been eliminated since Trump was elected. We are winning so hard! All this winning!

Anonymous said...

You people are all wrong. Harley is moving to Mexico City because it's a lot safer place to raise a family and run a business. Local politicians there are also a lot less corrupt,

Anonymous said...

Vote 3rd party next election you useless blabbering twats

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the U.S. Tourism industry under Trump. $4.6 Billion lost and 40,000 jobs. I guess no one wants to come to this shit hole while he's here. SO. MUCH. WINNING.

Anonymous said...

^^Any one heard speaking a language other than English is immediately berated. I guess tourists are supposed to learn English before they come here.

They know they're not welcome, so they don't come.

Anonymous said...

NOBODY BELIEVES DEMOCRATS THEY STEAL ELECTIONS FROM THEMSELVES

Anonymous said...

Who knows what else they do to themselves

Anonymous said...

Here's what 12:08's comment looks like in coherent English (corrections in bold).

This is exactly the same kind of shit Trump talked about before he was president. We have lost jobs to other countries based on tariffs. China, the biggest consumer market in the world, has a $10,000 per bike tariff on Harley-Davidsons coming into China. Only the super-rich in China can own one, yet China is the number one market for motorcycles in the world, so the fine quality products that were being built at the Harley plant cannot be sold in China. Yet, their cheap bikes are coming to America with no tariffs. It's the same thing for washing machines, microchips or automobiles. The playing field is not level and American workers get hurt by these high tariffs put onto our products by other countries. This practice must stop.

Anonymous said...

HEY 118 ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND TOURISM ARENT THE SAME THING

Anonymous said...

His message was perfectly clear. Goes to show you someone who does not have the excellent education in universities and private schools still gets the point, while you educated pinheads seem to miss it

Anonymous said...

Markets down big in two days...This is Trump's fault. What is he doing?

northlander said...

What happen to a 90 day notice ?

Anonymous said...

3:24: This is not Trump's fault. He only gets credit for the markets going up. If they go down, that's someone else's fault. Probably the Democrats or the FBI.

Anonymous said...

Do any of you read? Harley is building a plant in Thailand. Soon enough Harley will close its Pennsylvania plant and all the jobs will leave America. Harley is screwed and I'm glad they are for leaving. Few companies have the brand loyalty Harley does and a ton of that is built on the fact it is an American product. Now that's done there is no reason to be loyal. Fuck them.

Anonymous said...

445 your momma has your MEDS and your hot pocket

Anonymous said...

WHO CARES WHERE THE JOBS GO THE FACT IS THEYRE LEAVING THAT LIBERAL GHETTO DUMP

Anonymous said...

DOES SLY EVER DO ANYTHING RIGHT

Anonymous said...

HEY EVERYONE LIBERALS STEAL THEYRE OWN ELECTIONS JUST ASK BERNIE

Anonymous said...

If you think Hillary was a liberal, you don't know the meaning of the word. She was center, at best.

Anonymous said...

^^^Jesus. You are a fucking retard. All caps, improper use of the English language. You must be a repubtard.

Anonymous said...

Trump's tax cuts cost KC 800 jobs today.

Harley-Davidson is using tax breaks for capital improvements to modernize it's PA plant and close KC.

The decision to close and move to PA is directly paid for by Trump and the GOP's tax plan

Anonymous said...

All the leather Halloween everyday, no muffler antique bike design lovers are dying off and it's Trump's fault.

Anonymous said...

9:09 reflects a fairly common perception of Harleys, the value just isn't there for the dollar cost. As has been pointed out the Harley buyer population is OLD and dying off or giving up riding. The "kids" don't seem to care about motorcycles that much and most don't have the money to spend on a Harley anyway. The "top management" at The Motor Company lost it's way years ago. What sealed the deal for me was when the pissed away money on a ELECTRIC Harley.

Anonymous said...

I’ll never understand why union members vote for republicans. They have a history of union busting. Still do, now just under an illusion. Another thing, the middle and lower class people need to stop biting the hook on measuring the economy by the stock market.

Anonymous said...

EPA, CAFE and safety standards have forced the auto industry to innovate, this is not the case with motorcycles. Harley stuck to the pride and true design that made them Harley's, not having to change over the decades has made them unique. This uniqueness has and will continue to fill a niche, a niche with fluctuations due to motorcycles being purchased with discretionary spending based on taste. A moving target that they have hit more than missed over their long storied history of ups and downs.

Anonymous said...

There are now three plants overseas Brazil,India and the latest Thailand. Seems like all the international bikes will be built there. Domestic bikes built in York. Has nothing to do with sales just corporate greed. All the parts on them are made overseas anyway. Junk....

Anonymous said...

Most of these comments are far too TIRESOME to read through. The obvious reason is that most BOOMER men in white beards can't afford or be physically fit to ride those overpriced HARLEY HOGS. They need to reassess the market and go do what Honda did in the 70s. Lighter, cheaper, more fun rides! The old gray, long bearded men with big bucks are gone, the young kids can't afford these monsters and don't want to ride them! Tha'ts a MARKET problem!

Lets invite HONDA to KC!