Harley-Davidson Shutting Down Talladega Test facility, Eliminating about 100 jobs there.

harleytesdriveHarley-Davidson says it’s consolidating its test operations from Talladega, Naples, Fla., and Mesa, Ariz. to the Arizona Proving Grounds in Yucca, Ariz. The Talladega facility, opened in 1981, has just under 70 Harley-Davidson employees as well as just under 40 contract workers. The facility performed several kinds of vehicle testing, including emissions, brake, sound, durability and automated vehicle tests. High-speed tests were performed at the Talladega SuperSpeedway. In addition, full vehicle testing is sometimes performed at Ford’s Desert Proving Grounds and Ford’s Evaluation Center in Naples, Florida. Harley Davidson is now expanding its testing in Yucca, about 40 miles northeast of Lake Havasu City. Chrysler, which owns the 3,650-acre Arizona Proving Ground, started leasing its facility to Harley-Davidson in October 2008

9 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Shutting Down Talladega Test facility, Eliminating about 100 jobs there.”

  1. 1 J Nov 3rd, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Yeah, Chrysler…. Way to pair up with a winner, Harley!

  2. 2 fuji Nov 3rd, 2009 at 10:16 am

    FYI typical MoCo response when the stock starts to drop. Budget cuts drive the stock higher.
    I have been curious what the next cut would be as the stock dropped below 25,00. Unfotunately one can only make so many cuts.
    I was taken back by the number of facilities, now they aren’t needed. Does that mean that quality /progress will suffer ? No comment.

  3. 3 Curt! Nov 3rd, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    There’s no doubt HD is a bloated company. They have a huge number of engineers, account reps, middle managers, testing personnel, and executive vice-presidents that do nothing to enhance profits. They say they are getting back to basics, so it’s not unexpected to “trim the fat”. And from what I see, there is a lot of fat to trim. Look for more cuts in the weeks and months to come.

  4. 4 David Nov 4th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Why does Harley need a test facility anyway it just keeps churning out the same old stuff just a different color( Check out our newest models in Flat Black!!!!!!!).

  5. 5 J G Nov 4th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Send the product testing to Japan, thats where the latest MoFo designs are coming from. Plastic Plastic Plastic

  6. 6 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycles Nov 4th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I certainly would show that Harley has nothing that is off limits in their cost cutting. To date it is showing that they are serious and in reality in todays market they have to be. I for one would not like to see them disappear from the US market even though I’m a classic Indian lover. In good times it is easy to get complacent which many in our industry did but when times get tough it takes a totally different mindset to tread water and especially survive. As much as I believe HD has made many mistakes, tried to eliminate the aftermarket, copied the aftermarket designs and called it their own just to scratch the surface, the world would not be a better place without them. I hope just like Ford that they emerge as a leaner and meaner machine and with some truly new cutting edge designs and engineering to do it the American way and lead. America lost the last big American motorcycle company in 1953 and that was Indian. That was a sad day for America. Keep up the good fight Harley.

  7. 7 fuji Nov 4th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    J G
    What are your thoughts on carbon fiber instead of metal ? I have heard pros and cons.

  8. 8 Patrick R Nov 9th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    True~ Harley hasnt come out with anything “New” for a long time…the V-rod and like the other dude said….new colors! In order to stay on top, you need to constantly improve and update….its the American way! We cant even let a building live past 100 years and we have to tear it down and replace it with a NEW better building!

  9. 9 Doc Robinson Nov 14th, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Nothing new??? The TC88, the completely redesigned TC96, 6-speed transmissions, EFI across the range, total makeover of (firstly) the Dyna range and secondly the Tourers in 2009 (ground up chassis re-design across the board), ABS, throttle-by-wire – the list goes on and on. Harley-Davidson motorcycles get better and better every year. Plastic? Same old stuff? I don’t think so and an unbiased look will confirm it. Take the blinkers off guys, be proud of the great American icon that is the Motor Company.

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