Harley-Davidson has warned employees that it will move its Wisconsin manufacturing operations elsewhere if it cannot cut millions of dollars in labor costs at its factories. It would be the latest blow to a city that lost Miller Brewing Co. in 2008, when the beer giant moved its headquarters to Chicago after merging with Molson Coors Brewing Co.
Harley chief executive Keith Wandell said the company will make its decision on whether to move in the next two months. Harley executives are already scouting out other states, though Wandell will not say which ones. The company, he said, would also be open to incentives to keep the 1,630 manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin.
Even if Harley’s production moves elsewhere, the company’s headquarters would remain in Milwaukee, as would the popular Harley-Davidson Museum.