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Harley still to close KC plant despite Missouri delegation plea

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Harley-Davidson Inc. still plans to close a motorcycle assembly plant in Kansas City despite calls from Missouri Congressional leaders not to.

Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and Reps. Sam Graves and Emanuel Cleaver II pointed to millions of dollars in incentives the state has provided the company over two decades.

“It came with a considerable incentive package from the city, Platte County and the state of Missouri,” the bipartisan group of lawmakers said in a letter to Harley CEO Matt Levatich. “Over that time, the company has become an important part of the community, and has grown to be one of the largest manufacturers in the Kansas City region."

The closure of the plant will mean laying off 800 employees.

Read more from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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