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Harley to hire 400 seasonal workers in York

David Weissman
505-5431/@DispatchDavid
  • Harley-Davidson looking to hire about 400 seasonal workers in York County for January-May 2017.
  • The company eliminated more than 100 full-time positions at the Springettsbury Township plant in October.
  • The union president said at time that employees believed cuts were related to surge production.

Harley-Davidson Inc. is looking to hire approximately 400 seasonal workers in York County, according to a company news release.

The Harley-Davidson Manufacturing Plant Open House in York, Pa. on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Dawn J. Sagert - dsagert@yorkdispatch.com

Most positions require candidates to pass basic skills, drug and medical exams, and some roles require additional qualifications.

The release states that the company is seeking production technicians, which will be paid $15.75 per hour for material handling, assembling and equipment loading or unloading, or $17 per hour for qualified welders performing repair welding operations.

Available positions including morning (6 a.m. to 4:30 or 5 p.m.) and night (7:30 p.m.to 6 a.m.) shifts.

Seasonal workers will begin Jan. 2, 2017, and continue working until about mid-May, according to the release, which states the hiring is related to a coming surge period, where Harley increases its production in anticipation of increased customer demand during the spring and summer months.

The company recently cut more than 100 hourly full-time positions at its Springettsbury Township plant in a move officials described as an effort to "right-size the company" behind lagging sales.

Harley eliminating 100+ positions in York

The facility's union president, Brian Zarilla, said at the time the cuts were announced that employees didn't believe sales numbers were driving the decision. Employees believed the reductions were related surge production, he said.

Zarilla said employees think the company is intentionally withholding bike production through the rest of the year, resulting in the need for fewer year-round employees.

A Harley spokeswoman responded to Zarilla's claim by pointing to the company's recent earnings report, which adjusted its production guidance from 269,000-274,000 to 264,000-269,000 units worldwide.

Those interested in applying for the seasonal positions should contact one of these services:

  • Aerotek, by calling Kyle McConnell at 717-751-8501
  • Bear Staffing, by calling Stephany Lopez at 717-793-4000
  • Express Services Inc., by calling Amy Reinert at 717-718-4473
  • Manpower, by calling Mia Leatherwood at 717-764- 7841
  • Spherion, by calling Ines Hull at 717-843-1000
  • Tempstar, by calling Tiffany Markel at 717-848-1100