Harley-Davidson stops production due to coronavirusMarch 21, 2020
Harley-Davidson announced that it would stop most of the production in the United States until March 29, as one of the employees found a coronavirus. The temporary shutdown will affect the following facilities: York Vehicle Operations in Pennsylvania, Tomahawk Operations and Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations in Wisconsin.
According to a Harley-Davidson report, one of Pilgrim Road’s employees passed a positive coronavirus test. As soon as the management found out about this, on Thursday the production was immediately stopped and full disinfection and cleaning at the factory began.
Harley-Davidson is far from the first manufacturer to stop production for a while. Ducati, KTM and many others have already closed, while some, including MV Agusta, have announced the continuation of work.
All Harley-Davidson employees who can continue to work remotely. Harley-Davidson also works closely with dealers to overcome the crisis.
Harley-Davidson is not going through the easiest of times, and stopping production will not benefit the business. In February, the manufacturer fired CEO Matt Levetich. The board of directors is also not going smoothly. Impala Asset Management, a serious auctioneer, promoted two people to the board of directors: Leo Hindery (former president / CEO of Tele-Communications, Inc. and AT & T Boradband) and Brent Deuara (former CEO of General Motors). Impala Asset Management believes that Harley-Davidson is moving in the wrong direction and initiated the dismissal of Levetich.
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