Free rent saves Australian Harley-Davidson wheel plant

Publish Date: 
Jul 15, 2013

ADALAIDE, Australia - Harley-Davidson has relented on a plan to close its factory here after the state government waived rent at the site.

The Motor Co. extended its lease at the New Castalloy factory in North Plympton for four more years, the Business Spectator reports.

Harley-Davidson announced in late 2011 that it would shutter the wheel plant and  send 212 jobs to China. About 90 of the jobs have already gone. But the state, which owns the plant, dangled the carrot of waiving rent to keep the factory open.

Harley now says New Castalloy can be competitive at producing low-volume, high-finish specialty wheels, and plans to employ about 110 workers at the site.

Posted by Holly Wagner