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Harley-Davidson shuts factories in America after employee tests positive

Harley-Davidson has shut down production operations at its factories to contain the outbreak. The virus is spreading rapidly and has attained the global pandemic tag. This has caused widespread economic damage across sectors, including the manufacturing sector.

Harley Owners Group in Goa at the parade held as part of 8th India H.O.G. Rally
Harley Owners Group in Goa at the parade held as part of 8th India H.O.G. Rally

The manufacturing sector has been hit quite badly as employees are apprehensive to work in large factories. Several automotive manufacturers have announced the shutdown of their production plants.

In the two-wheeler space, Ducati had announced the temporary closure of its plant in Italy last week. Now, Harley-Davidson has announced the temporary closure of its plants in America. The company made this move after one of the employees working at its Pilgrim Road Powertrain factory in Wisconsin tested positive. 

Harley Davidson Street Rod 750
Harley Davidson Street Rod 750

The powertrain factory was shut down almost immediately. In addition, Harley-Davidson is also shutting down operations at its York and Tomahawk facilities. The company stated that the factories will remain closed till 29 March, to help contain the outbreak.

Jochen Zeitz, acting CEO and President of Harley-Davidson was quoted as saying, “We recognize the unprecedented nature of this global crisis. In order to best support our employees and following the social distancing guidance issued by public health authorities, we are temporarily suspending the majority of production at our U.S. manufacturing facilities.”

The factory will be deep-cleaned and disinfected in order to accommodate operations without any risk once it reopens. Along with many other factories across sectors, Harley-Davidson is looking forward to restart operations in full swing, next month.