According to published reports, Harley-Davidson officials have closed the York Pennsylvania and Kansas City Missouri plants because the company was alerted by a supplier that its paint for coating motorcycle parts could expose workers to benzene, a chemical that has been linked to cancer. The plants shut down Thursday, April 22, but are expected to reopen Monday April 26 after inspections and cleanup. No tours will be conducted during this time. The Kansas City plant produce the Sportster®, Dyna® and VRSC™ families of motorcycles from fabrication and finishing through final assembly to include the liquid-cooled Revolution® powertrain for the VRSC V-Rod. The York plant ssembles the Touring and Softail® models, as well as limited production, factory-custom motorcycles. They perform a variety of manufacturing operations – from machining, polishing and chrome plating, to forming, welding and painting.
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