MENOMONEE FALLS – For the
second year Harley-Davidson Inc. has hired temporary workers at
its manufacturing facilities, including 100 in Menomonee Falls.
Maripat Blankenheim, director of public communication, said when
Harley-Davidson renegotiated its labor contract a few years ago,
it included language that would allowed the company to hire
temporary employees for the peak production time. Last year was
the first time Harley-Davidson brought in the temporary
employees and Blankenheim said it went well and allowed the
company to better meet demand.
The peak production time is for about five to six months
starting in June, she said. By having motorcycles built during
those months, it allows for the bikes to be ready for purchase
during peak riding months.
The temporary employees hired in Menomonee Falls include
production technicians, welders, mechanics and paints. All 100
temporary positions have been filled in Menomonee Falls.
The company is also looking to fill about 120 positions at its
facility in Tomahawak, with about half already filled,