Harley-Davidson expansion project to wrap up in July, bringing 450 jobs

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
The Harley-Davidson York plant.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
John A. Pavoncello photo

York County is expected to see an economic boost come early July as Harley-Davidson wraps up its $150 million expansion project at its plant in Springettsbury Township.

A spokeswoman for Harley-Davidson confirmed Wednesday the expansion project — which will bring 450 jobs — is expected to conclude in the next two months.

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"It's a very, very big deal," Schreiber said. "It just adds more caliber to York County's legitimacy as a strong face of manufacturing," said York County Economic Alliance President Kevin Schreiber.

York County Economic Alliance CEO and President Kevin Schreiber introduces Danielle Stehman, of Buchart Horn, during a public presentation on the Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative at Penn Market in York City, Thursday, April 25, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York County expects to see a $200 million economic impact from the construction of the expansion alone, Schreiber said. That doesn't include the contributions of those 450 employees — 90% of whom will be new hires — and their effects on the local economy.

All employees will be full-time staff, but only 85 will be salaried, Harley-Davidson spokeswoman Patricia Sweeney said. The rest will work hourly.

"It's not only directly impacting Harley, but it's directly impacting the county's supply chain and economic ripple," Schreiber said.

In 2018, the company decided to consolidate its Kansas City plant into the Springettsbury Township after its 2017 year-end results, when sales dropped 6.7% worldwide and 8.5% in the U.S. compared with 2016. Roughly 800 jobs were lost.

The Kansas City plant served as the hub for operations of the company's Softail, Sportster and Street motorcycles, all of which will now be manufactured in York County, according to Schreiber.

The move is expected to save the company $65 million to $75 million annually after 2020.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to accurately reflect the work that will be done at the expanded plant.