JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement didn't prompt Harley-Davidson Inc. to close a Missouri plant, despite a headline suggesting otherwise.
A headline on the website Second Nexus said Trump's departure from the trade partnership "caused Harley Davidson plant in Missouri to close and move to Thailand."
But Harley-Davidson spokesman Michael Pflughoeft said Friday that the company closed the Kansas City plant because of "excess capacity" in the United States. The Milwaukee-based company reported an 8.5 percent drop in U.S. motorcycle sales last year.
Harley-Davidson announced plans for a Thai facility last year. The company spokesman says that's unrelated to the closure of the Kansas City plant. He said the goal is to expand access in a growing global market.