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Harley prepping West Campus for demolition

Harley-Davidson Inc. has closed several buildings in York County in preparation for demolition.

But its main Building 2 on the site will continue to produce motorcycles through the launch of 2012 models this summer, a local Harley spokesman said.

Restructuring plans for the motorcycle maker remain on track and all production should be moved out of the aging West Campus site and to the east side of the property by Harley’s Open House this fall, spokesman Michael DiMauro said.

The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker is selling its West Campus in Springettsbury Township as it consolidates all local production into its newer Softail production building.

More than 1,000 employees are or will be eliminated as part of the restructuring.

Harley said in 2009 it might move Touring and Softail model production out of the midstate to Kentucky to save costs but ultimately decided against it. The restructuring is a way to make the local operations more cost effective, the company has said.

Building 2 also is slated for demolition at some point in the future, DiMauro said.

Harley has been working on a fall 2011 deadline to shift out of the West Campus after the York County Industrial Development Authority said early last year it would purchase the site for a base cost of $500,000.

Brent Burkey

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