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Harley-Davidson plans job cuts

UPDATE: A union worker tells CBS 58 the plant in Menomonee Falls will be among the plants impacted by cuts.

ORIGINAL STORY: Harley-Davidson tells CBS 58 job cuts are coming to some of its plants.

We asked the company about possible cuts after the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer released its second-quarter results Tuesday morning.

Those results show sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles are down more than nine percent in the U.S. and nearly seven percent worldwide. The company also said it would lower shipment guidance for the year. 

"Unfortunately, taking down shipment guidance has implications for our manufacturing facilities and company. We will have an hourly workforce reduction at some of our U.S. manufacturing plants and are sharing details with employees today and tomorrow," Pat Sweeney, Communication Integration and Corporate Reputation Director for Harley-Davidson Motor Company said.

Sweeney would not comment on where in the U.S. those reductions will happen, but noted the company is thinking ahead to the future.

"We believe we have the right strategies in place to attract new riders and continue igniting the passion of our current customers, and we will continue to manage our business with focus and discipline as we invest in growing the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally," Sweeney said.

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