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`VROOMING’ DEMAND MEANS SHORT VACATION FOR HARLEY

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Harley-Davidson Inc., the nation's only major motorcycle manufacturer said this week that because of strong worldwide demand for its motorcycles its manufacturing facilities will shut down for only one week this summer, rather than two as in past years.

The annual summer shutdowns at the company's facilities in York, Pa. , and Milwaukee and Tomahawk, Wis., will last no more than one five-day work week, the company said."Although we have had two-week shutdowns in the past, our plants will be closed for only one week this year, in response to high worldwide market demand for our motorcycles," said James L. Ziemer, Harley-Davidson vice president and chief financial officer.

During summer shutdowns, plants are made ready to begin production of new model year motorcycles, and some facilities improvements and maintenance projects are completed.

Harley Davidson said its York, Pa., motorcycle assembly facility will be closed from June 27 through July 4.

The company's engine and transmission facility in Milwaukee, and its fiberglass facility in Tomahawk will be closed from July 4 through July 8.

"We feel that the additional four days of motorcycle production, July 5 through July 8, will help satisfy some of our excess demand and get some of our customers onto their motorcycles sooner," Ziemer said.