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Harley-Davidson Plans Layoffs In Pennsylvania

Motorcycle maker says the unspecified number of temporary layoffs are in addition to a June 30-through-July-3 shutdown at the Springettsbury Township plant.

YORK, Pa. (AP) -- Harley Davidson says it is laying off an unspecified number of employees in York County next week.

The motorcycle maker says the temporary layoff is in addition to a June 30-through-July 3 shutdown at the Springettsbury Township plant. That closing is for annual line changes to switch to manufacturing motorcycles for the next model year.

The plant closed for four days last fall to cut back on production, and Harley said in April more layoffs are in store. Harley's first quarter earnings released April 17 showed weakness in the North American market.

The company also says it plans to permanently cut about 300 workers from the York County plant. Harley spokesman Bob Klein says potential retirees are receiving information about early retirement, though he knows of no offers being made.

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