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    Staff layoffs

    I read somewhere that Harley Davidson plans to lay-off about 200 staff (both regular and casual) in the wake of declining revenues. Should this worry consumers especially after HD lost market shares to companies like Honda and Yamaha? Lay-offs are common and any company would do anything to minimize cost.

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    Yeah I heard about that, and how they said that those are necessary changes. But I suppose 200 out of 6,300 is still just a handful and it's something to be thankful about that they didn't lay off even more.

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    Hopefully they are re-structuring. This is Harley, they have been in business for over a hundred years. You can't do that and not change when you need to.

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    I think lay offs are common everywhere, especially when companies are witnessing a decline in revenues. I think it is paramount for Harley to try and cut costs where possible.

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    I would have imagined that a big brand like Harley would actually be looking to expand and increase its employees rather than start cutting back. I feel bad for all those people who lost their jobs.

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    I will always feel bad for anyone that loses their jobs because it is never an easy situation. Nonetheless, I have realized that layoffs are common and as an employee, all you can do is always be ready for anything.

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    When they dropped the Dyna models, incorporating them with the Softails, it allowed them to streamline their production processes along with significant raw material inventory. Same trend like automakers using same frames and chassis across product lines. I hope it works better for HD compared to what has happened to Cadillac or back up a little further to Pontiac. If they start using lower grade components, it will bite them in the ass. I would like to think HD is smarter than that but that’s the kind of crap that can happen when the “shareholders” want more return on investment. I almost think a company like HD would be better off being privately owned by a group that has and ever lasting passion for the brand and the people that ride them. Just some thoughts.


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