State willing to work with Harley-Davidson to keep jobsHarley-Davidson recently told its workers that profit losses and growing expenses could force them to move out Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE - Harley-Davidson recently told its workers that profit losses and growing expenses could force them to move out Wisconsin.
Governor Jim Doyle says he’s not surprised by the development because people have been putting off buying luxury items like motorcycles due to the sluggish economy. However, Doyle says that won’t last forever and customers will return. He says the state is willing to work with company officials to help them cut costs and keep operations in Wisconsin.
He compares the situation to the one involving Mercury Marine, which threatened to leave Fond du Lac because of declining profits. The company eventually decided to stay in Wisconsin and brought in more jobs from Oklahoma, but only after a series of tax incentives were offered by state and local officials. Doyle says he doesn’t believe Harley Davidson is threatening to leave just to get a similar deal.