Harley-Davidson Inc. has been inundated with calls from municipalities across the country interested in trying to lure the Milwaukee motorcycle manufacturer to move its production facilities from Wisconsin. Moving production out of Wisconsin remains under consideration as Harley-Davidson management continues to study ways of making the company’s operations more competitive, said Keith Wandell, Harley-Davidson’s president and chief executive officer. At stake are nearly 1,700 jobs, including more than 1,300 in the Milwaukee area.
“We can’t turn our back on that as an option,” Wandell said in an interview with The Business Journal. Although maintaining its Wisconsin presence remains the preferred option, Harley-Davidson management will give serious consideration to moving if goals for improved cost controls and efficiency aren’t met. “It’s fair to say that our preference would be to stay here,” Wandell said. “Having said that, we’re going to have to find ways to deal with those competitive gaps. We’re coming to a conclusion here, but we’re not done yet. Soon we’ll have an answer about what we believe that gap is.” Read more: Other states try to lure Harley-Davidson – The Business Journal of Milwaukee