Harley-Davidson’s CEO Matthew Levatich has reportedly told lawmakers on Capitol Hill the only way the iconic American motorcycle company will stop outsourcing jobs to foreign countries is if President Trump drops his fair trade agenda.
In an interview with Politico, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) revealed that he spoke to Levatich about the company’s recent announcement that they would be continuing to outsource their American manufacturing base to foreign countries, Breitbart reported.
Across the border in Wisconsin, things are equally dire after Harley-Davidson, a titan of American manufacturing, announced that Trump’s tariffs are driving its production overseas. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has spoken to Harley-Davidson’s CEO about its plans and was told the move overseas is “reversible” — if Trump backs away in the coming weeks or is otherwise hamstrung by Congress.
Harley-Davidson, up against spiraling costs from tariffs, will begin shifting the production of motorcycles headed for Europe from the U.S. to factories overseas.
Harley-Davidson workers, as Breitbart News noted, have praised Trump for his tariffs and said they did not blame his fair trade agenda for their jobs likely moving overseas, but instead blamed the company’s executives.
But wait a minute, it was Harley that pleaded with President Reagan to place tariffs on Foreign Bikes being IMPORTED which allowed Harley to get a better foot hold in the U.S. market for bikes. NY Times Archived Article:
In an unusually strong protectionist action, President Reagan today ordered a tenfold increase in tariffs for imported heavyweight motorycles.
The impact of Mr. Reagan’s action, which followed the unanimous recommendation of his trade advisers, is effectively limited to Japanese manufacturers, which dominate every sector of the American motorcycle market.
The action was exceptional for protecting a single American company, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company of Milwaukee, the sole surviving American maker of motorcycles.
”We’re delighted,” said Vaughn L. Beals, Harley-Davidson’s chairman. ”It will give us time that we might otherwise not have had to make manufacturing improvements and bring out new products.”
Harley has shown that they are just like every other business out there, no actual loyalty to their employees, only money matters and they could care less if they out source to other countries, hey anything to save a buck.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.