Harley-Davidson reports fourth-quarter earnings

Harley-Davidson reported full-year 2010 income from continuing operations of $259.7 million, or $1.11 per share, compared to income of $70.6 million, or $0.30 per share, from continuing operations in 2009. Full Story
Pres Obama

Clayton, NC

#1 Jan 25, 2011
Jobs, jobs, Jobs!! We need to cut more of them to make our country better and more world friendly! Please, Harley-Davidson Motor Co. keep up the good work of cutting your work force.

Thank you,
Obummer.
xray

York, PA

#4 Jan 25, 2011
Soon all those temporary workers will have reduced the quality of the bikes so bad that they will be available at Wally World. If a company does not keep their employees happy, all bets are off.
Reducing pay, benefits and increasing production, while cutting cost, will present a whole slew of defective products.Plastic parts,dents,scratches, and inferior paint will cause a decrease in sales and lower profit margins in the long run.Harley was made in the USA, it was a great product, not anymore.None of the employees at the York plant are happy.None of the employees will be happy in Kansas City.The exec's are not making the bikes.They are only making decisions that affect the entire corporation.
xray

York, PA

#5 Jan 25, 2011
The bottom line is that if you want quality product, you have to pay for quality employees.
IronyBoard

United States

#6 Jan 25, 2011
If you would read the article, you would see that the company is actually doing much better now that it has started getting it's act together. All those terrible things you predict just aren't happening.

Sorry if you got laid off or whatever. The world is changing. Its not just Harley. I suggest you change too or step aside.
George

Washington, DC

#7 Jan 25, 2011
xray wrote:
Soon all those temporary workers will have reduced the quality of the bikes so bad that they will be available at Wally World. If a company does not keep their employees happy, all bets are off.
Reducing pay, benefits and increasing production, while cutting cost, will present a whole slew of defective products.Plastic parts,dents,scratches, and inferior paint will cause a decrease in sales and lower profit margins in the long run.Harley was made in the USA, it was a great product, not anymore.None of the employees at the York plant are happy.None of the employees will be happy in Kansas City.The exec's are not making the bikes.They are only making decisions that affect the entire corporation.
The quality of the bikes were already bad!
Xray

York, PA

#8 Jan 26, 2011
The company is doing better temporarily.Everything that has been done is common in the business world.Cut back benefits,hours,layoff workers and bring in temps,all of this is Common.These tactics only work on a temporary basis and then it catches up to the company in productivity,and quality.Quality is the number 1 consideration of the current consumer.
Harley has also out sourced work to other countries.Most parts for the bike are purchased overseas and they are building plants in India and other locations.I really had to laugh when I found out that they use plastic parts in their gear mechanism.
Soon Harley will have a throw away bike.Ride it for 2 or 3 years and throw it away.Customers will not tolerate an overpriced product that is defective.I do not care where you make it, the bikes are not perfoming well over the long haul.I hate to see this Icon turn into a piece of junk.I believed in Harley Davidson once, not anymore.
dave

Burlington, WI

#9 Jan 27, 2011
IronyBoard wrote:
If you would read the article, you would see that the company is actually doing much better now that it has started getting it's act together. All those terrible things you predict just aren't happening.
Sorry if you got laid off or whatever. The world is changing. Its not just Harley. I suggest you change too or step aside.
The company is doing better, that is, making a small profit, because it continues to pick the pockets of its employees. What happens when their pockets are picked clean? Also, anybody who thinks the quality of the bikes hasn't fallen has never worked in manufacturing. Cheaper parts and disgruntled employees don't result in higher quality. But then, most buyers these days are posers, they're into styling, not engineering.
bad wolf

Glen Rock, PA

#10 Jan 27, 2011
Harley hasn't engineered anything new since 1909.

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