Trump Fail: Harley Davidson and Indian to Move Production Overseas


Polaris’ announcement comes amid growing concerns over the stiff retaliatory tariffs the EU has imposed on some US imports, including motorbikes. The US-European trade spat has already prompted Harley-Davidson to move some of its production out of the country.

Polaris, a Minnesota-based motorcycle company, said on Friday that it was pondering moving production of its Indian brand of motorcycles out of the United States.

Jess Rogers, the spokesperson for Polaris, told the Associated Press that “nothing is definitive.” According to her, the company, which employs some 650 people in Spirit Lake, Iowa is “looking at a range of mitigation plans,” including moving some of its output to Poland.

The statement comes just days after Harley-Davidson, the only major US-based motorcycle manufacturer, announced that it would shift the production of some of its bikes overseas to mitigate the effects of Europe’s new tariffs on motorcycle imports.

Harley’s move was attacked by US President Donald Trump, who claimed that the company was using Europe’s new taxes as “an excuse” to justify changes in manufacturing it had already planned.

READ MORE: Trump Says ‘Surprised’ by Harley-Davidson’s Plan to Move Manufacturing to Europe

The EU announced that it would hit a range of US imports, including motorbikes, jeans, and bourbon, with tariffs starting in July after the White House announced new duties on metal imports.

The ongoing trade row between the United States and its long-standing trans-Atlantic partners was triggered by Washington’s decision to levy tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, citing “national security concerns.”

Indian was an iconic motorcycle brand in the early 20th century; in 2011 Polaris purchased the brand, making it the second most prominent US motorcycle producer, albeit with a US market share of less than 6 percent. Harley Davidson, according to Forbes, had a US market share of 53.1 percent as of Q3 2017.

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  1. Wonder how many Harley-Davidson owners are also “Christian Zionists”? Both groups share the trait of obnoxiously promoting a falsehood in the face of objective fact, and neither would be missed by rational people if they vanished into the sands of time.

    Good riddance to biker culture, outlaw motorcycle clubs, loud pipes, and their nasty associations that also fall on us who ride motorcycles for reasons other than making a social statement.

  2. Perhaps a massive trade war is just what the doctor ordered to unite the rest of the world against the unindicted war criminals U.S and Israel.

  3. Trump is a Zionist puppet, the Zionists HATE Christian America, and everything Trump does is to undermine America. Don’t buy the Zionist media narrative, it’s always about harming America and our future.

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