Harley looking for volunteer layoffs

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Harley-Davidson employees in Wisconsin must decide this week whether they want to volunteer for layoffs.

The motorcycle maker expects to begin reducing its workforce by about 250 jobs this spring. Harley-Davidson says it’s offering employees financial incentives to volunteer for the permanent layoffs, but details weren’t disclosed.

Motorcycle sales haven’t recovered from the recession, so Harley says it must cut millions of dollars in production costs to remain profitable. Harley spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim tells the Journal Sentinel says someone who is near retirement might volunteer to leave the company early.