Harley-Davidson calls for concessions at Kansas City plant

Harley-Davidson is calling for concessions from employees at its Kansas City, Mo., plant, according to published reports.

The company told its about 800 employees — 675 of which work in production — in a Wednesday release that the plant needs to address cost, efficiency and production gaps, reported The Kansas City Star. If changes are not made, Harley said it might have to move its Kansas City operations to its plant in York, Pa.

In a call with analysts Tuesday, Harley said the Kansas City plant already has some of the flexibility that other company plants have, so concessions there may not be as extensive as at other plants. Unions in York, Pa., and in Wisconsin have already made concessions in the past couple years at the request of Harley.

The company is expected to make its decision on Kansas City during the first quarter of 2011. Harley’s current contract with the Kansas City plant runs through July 2012.

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