How Does This Affect the ’Made in the US’ Moniker?

Harley-Davidson announced in May that the company plans to build a manufacturing plant in Thailand to build motorcycles for the Asian market. Harley already has an international sales office in Singapore and adding a manufacturing facility in the region just makes sense. The question is, how is this not a threat to its "Made in the U.S." moniker?

Continue reading for my take on the new Harley plant.

What Does It Mean?

Harley-Davidson Plans to Build a Manufacturing Plant in Thailand
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While there is a bit of trepidation surrounding Harley-Davidson’s plans to build a manufacturing plant in Thailand, understand that the plan is not to move their production facilities to Thailand. Manufacturing in the U.S. will continue as before. Currently, Harley pays a hefty 60-percent tariff on bikes imported to Asia. Producing bikes there in the market in which they’ll be sold is a huge boon for sales and brand expansion.

I know the United Steelworkers Union is having a tizzy, but that’s what they do: create problems where none exist, and quite frankly, having the USW involved in Harley’s manufacturing goes a long way to explain Harley’s high sticker price. Harley-Davidson continues to build motorcycles in the U.S. and there’s no reason that Made in the USA is in jeopardy.

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Allyn Hinton
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If it had moving parts, it had Allyn's interest from a very early age. At age 11 when bicycles were too simple to hold her interest any longer, her father found her taking apart the lawn mower. When he asked why she was doing it, she replied, “I need to see how it works.” That curiosity and mechanical drive served her well over the next 40 years as she pursued careers in both the automotive and motorcycle industries. Having shared her love of motorcycles with her now husband, biker TJ Hinton, Allyn brings that love and knowledge to TopSpeed as writer and associate motorcycle editor.  Read More
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