Harley-Davidson Ends Deal with Lehman, Moves Trike Build In-house

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Harley-Davidson has moved production of its Tri Glide and Street Glide trikes in-house, ending its manufacturing deal with Lehman Trikes, which had been suppling components, paint and conversion services to the Motor Co. The decision is effective this summer.

“Harley-Davidson has advised us they will be moving the trike assembly in-house to their York, Pennsylvania production facilities for the 2011 models,” stated Lehman president and CEO Ken Hines in a press release. “Lehman is proud to have been a supplier to Harley-Davidson. They have been a great mentor to the company and our association has led to benefits that will far outlive the contract. We are pleased to have been associated with this program, and while disappointed, we understand their business rationale”.

Harley is making the move based purely on the restructuring of operations at the York plant, which will allow the company to streamline trike assembly and distribution, state Julie Chichlowski, Harley's Trike Platform director.

“It has been a great pleasure working with Lehman Trikes on this program. They have proven to be a responsive, high quality supplier to Harley-Davidson for trikes, and we would welcome the opportunity to work with them again should we have other needs in the future," Chichlowski added.