Coronavirus has led to a temporary closure of Harley-Davidson production plants in the US. The American motorcycle manufacturer has confirmed that it has halted the production at its manufacturing facilities situated at Pilgrim Road, Tomahawk, Wisconsin, and York, and Pennsylvania. The shut down of the operations has been enforced until 29 March 2020.
Harley-Davidson has become the first motorcycle company in the U.S. to close down its operations. But it is not alone. Other major brands like Yamaha and Ducati have also suspended activities at some of their plants located in various parts of Europe.
Harley-Davidson took this decision after one of its Menomonee Falls employees tested positive for the COVID-19. This temporary shut down will affect around 2,000 employees. The assembly line workers will be placed on temporary layoff but will still have access to their medical coverage. The company will utilise this downtime to fully sanitise and disinfect the production and public areas of its facilities.