The leader of Harley-Davidson's local operations handed in his resignation this week.

General Manager Ed Magee will work his last day at the motorcycle manufacturer's York Vehicle Operations in Springettsbury Township on Friday, Feb. 14, said company spokeswoman Bernadette Lauer.

Magee resigned "to pursue other opportunities," she said.

The Milwaukee-based bike maker will announce a new general manager as soon as one is hired, Lauer said.

Magee was hired as general manager in December 2009 and oversaw a company transformation in which all operations at its 58-acre West Campus site were consolidated into one Softail plant.

That year the company almost shut down local operations. But union workers agreed to cutting 50 percent of the workforce and more work-rule flexibility in exchange for the bike maker's $90 million commitment to the plant, keeping the company in York.

Harley downsized to 1,200 workers during the change.

Magee joined Harley in 2003, working in the materials division in York. He advanced to general manager of the company's operations in Wisconsin and also served as general manager of special projects for Harley's global manufacturing operations.