The Motor Company announced it would stay in Wisconsin after unions at its Menomonee Falls, Wis., and Tomahawk, Wis., facilities voted in favor of a new labor agreement.
“Through hard work and cooperation Harley-Davidson will keep its production operations open in Wisconsin, and keep hundreds of jobs in this state – both at Harley and their suppliers,” says Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle. “This has been a challenging time for Harley and its great employees, and I want to thank everyone who came together in difficult circumstances to ensure this iconic Wisconsin company stays in Wisconsin.”
The Wisconsin Department of Commerce is providing Harley-Davdison with a $25 million tax credit, to be given over nine years. The tax credit is part of the state’s Enterprise Zone Program which Doyle introduced as a business recruiting and retention tool. The incentive package is linked to jobs and capital investment at Harley-Davidson as well as purchasing from Wisconsin-based suppliers.
“Together with our employees we are making the changes necessary for us to compete and win in a global marketplace,” says Keith Wandell, Harley-Davidson, Inc. president and chief executive officer. “We have worked closely with the State of Wisconsin and we appreciate their efforts to foster a competitive business environment that will help us succeed here long term. As we look to the future, we are confident that Harley-Davidson will be as great going forward as it has been in the past.”