MILWAUKEE (WRN) - Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson has confirmed that it will keep its motorcycle assembly plant in York Pennsylvania. That’s after union workers there approved a new 7 year contract, even though about half the employees will lose their jobs. Harley CEO Keith Wandell said the new labor contract would allow the York plant to restructure itself in a way to keep the company competitive. Had the deal not been approved, Harley would have considered moving the entire production to a new plant in Kentucky. The York plant now has about 1,950 employees. Once it’s restructured, Harley says it will have 700 to 800 full-time union workers, and another 200 to 300 seasonal employees who will work when the demand increases – and to fill in for those on vacation and other leaves. Harley-Davidson says the streamlined plant will save about $100 million a year, once all the changes take effect by 2012.
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