Harley-Davidson vendor announces closing of York County facility that employs 637 people

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

A change in third-party logistics vendor by Harley-Davidson in York County could have an impact on more than 600 warehouse workers. 

Syncreon, a third-party logistics company located in the 600 block of Memory Lane in Springettsbury, filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in October. The notice says the company plans to close that location by Dec. 16, a move would affect 637 workers at that warehouse. 

FILE - This April 26, 2017 photo shows dealership signs at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Glenshaw, Pa. Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Harley-Davidson is recalling nearly 175,000 motorcycles because the brakes might fail. The U.S. recall covers more than 30 models from the 2008 through 2011 model years. Harley says deposits can form on brake parts if the fluid isn’t changed every two years as specified in the owner’s manual. That can cause a valve in the antilock brake control unit to stick. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

According the WARN notice, Harley Davidson is planning to transition many of those warehouse employees to another third-party logistics provider. They would no longer work for Syncreon as of the December date.

How many of the workers would make the transition to the new company — and whether there would be any layoffs — was not disclosed by the company.

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The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act is federal legislation that offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of a covered-business closing and covered-business mass layoff. Enforcement of the WARN Act falls under U.S. Department of Labor jurisdiction. Access the fact sheet on the WARN Act.

It's not the first time the Springettsbury Township Harley-Davidson plant faced issues with a vendor.

The company suspended operations at the plants on May 19 for two weeks out of an “abundance of caution” due to a regulatory compliance issue with a supplier.

The company didn’t name the supplier or provide other details. Harley-Davidson’s stock dropped almost 9% the day the shutdown was announced.

In June 2020, Harley-Davidson cut about 90 jobs to account for decreased production. Earlier this year, a minor fire was also reported at the plant.

As of 2018, Harley-Davidson reported employing 930 people at its plant — which itself was down from 2,000 in 2009. Nonetheless, it's still the 11th largest employer countywide, according to the state Department of Labor.