Harley-Davidson to lay off 169 people at Kansas City facility

Freeman Staff

March 13, 2015

KANSAS CITY, MO. Harley-Davidson will reducing its staff at its Kansas City, Mo. facility by about 169 people, according to a company spokeswoman Friday.

Of the affected position at the 11401 N. Congress Ave. location include workers in the materials Velocity Center, certain related sub assembly work and positions related to the alignment of our overall production needs for the facility, said Kristen Cunningham, corporate reputation and communication manager, in an email.

Layoffs will begin the week of May 11 and are anticipated to continue through Sept. 30, she said.

"The shift is to align with our overall production needs for the facility, as well as the decision to source work performed in the Materials Velocity Center and certain related sub assembly work. This is not easy news to share, and was a decision made after careful analysis and consideration given to our long-term manufacturing and business strategy," Cunningham said in the email.