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Harley the state motorcycle? After 2009, not so fast

By - Last modified: March 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Brent Burkey
Brent Burkey

So what recognition from Pennsylvania would a company in this scenario deserve?

It not long ago threatened for months to uproot and move somewhere else in the country and splashed around the names of those greener pastures as if it were orchestrating a contest-driven reality show.

In the process, its actions drew an offer of $15 million in assistance from the state to stay put.

And even then, it announced plans to cut hundreds of workers from its payroll. This was on top of previous large workforce reductions.

Well, an Allegheny County Democrat wants to honor Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. by making its product the official state motorcycle.

The bill from state Rep. William Kortz this session cites the company's manufacturing operations in York County as the reasoning.

It was around this very factory site that Harley performed the above-mentioned actions in 2009.

No offense to the fine men and women at all levels who are today still making a quality product in Springettsbury Township, but this would be an embarrassment after what this corporation all-too-recently pulled.

Maybe in a few years, when time has again established that its roots run deep here in the midstate. But not today. It's just too soon.

Brent Burkey covers retail, tourism, and Lebanon and York counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at You can also follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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