A Michigan-based supplier for Harley-Davidson, Inc. is moving from West Manchester Township to Springettsbury Township to be closer to the motorcycle maker's local operations.

Three weeks ago, Syncreon began setting up equipment at 601 Memory Lane and will completely relocate its 550 employees by May or June, said John Holman, Springettsbury Township manager.

"Quite a bit of their supplies go to Harley, and they wanted to be closer to reduce travel time," he said.

Syncreon's move will put it within three miles of Harley-Davidson's local facility at 1425 Eden Road.

It's an 8-mile trip from Syncreon's current address at 515 N. Zarfoss Drive.

As the company moves into Springettsbury Township, it will first occupy 123,000 square feet of space at the York Business Center, eventually expanding its presence to 400,000 square feet, Holman said.

The 126-acre property was once home to a Caterpillar manufacturing site until the mid-1990s.

Caterpillar closed the facility in 1996, eliminating 1,100 local jobs, and is presently considering closing a smaller facility nearby that employs 250 workers.

In 2002, the Memory Lane property was sold for $10 million and became the York Business Center. That manufacturing jobs may return to the township is a benefit to the community, Holman said.

"We're happy the jobs are staying in York County. There will also be a boost in the township when those 550 workers are spending money here on lunch and other things," he said. "We're looking forward to having them here."

A press contact for Syncreon and Bernadette Lauer, spokeswoman for Harley-Davidson, did not return correspondence seeking comment.

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.