Harley Plant Closing Leads to Over 200 Layoffs at Another Kansas City Facility

By Sahid Fawaz

The ripple effects of a controversial plant closing are starting to be felt.

The Kansas City Star reports:

“Layoffs are spreading beyond Kansas City’s closing Harley-Davidson assembly plant as one of its suppliers revealed plans to eliminate 207 jobs in mid-August.

The company, syncreon, which does sub-assembly and related work for the motorcycle factory, notified Missouri of its job cuts, saying they ‘are due to the announcement by Harley-Davidson Motor Company of its intent to close these entire facilities.’

Many of the workers targeted for layoff are temporary, according to the notice from syncreon. It said only 76 are direct employees of the company, and only some of those are members of either of the two unions representing workers there.

A local syncreon official could not be reached immediately. The company is based in Michigan and has operations globally . . .

Harley chose Kansas City for the facility, which opened in 1998, after receiving government assistance and a lot of wooing from officials including then-mayor and now U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver . . .

Harley-Davidson has about 800 employees at the plant. The work is being moved to a plant in York, Pa.”

For the rest of the story, visit the Kansas City Star here.

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