Harley Davidson’s newest engine is the “coolest thing” made in Wisconsin. Harley’s Randy Christianson accepted as Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce announced the award during a luncheon in Madison. “The Milwaukee Eight is great testimony to the work that can be done, the manufacturing that can be done in the United States, here in Wisconsin, and at Harley Davidson,” Christianson said.
WMC’s Kurt Bauer says the “coolest thing” competition proved extremely popular. “We’re not sure we’re going to do this annually. We’ll have to talk to our sponsors and we’ll have to figure out if we can keep the interest going, but this is definitely something we’ll do again. It was a lot of fun.”
There were more than 200 nominations, with Harley, Johnsonville Sausage and Fincantieri Marinette Marine the three finalists. The announcement came the same day that Harley reported a sluggish third quarter, and plans to lay off 225 salaried positions between now and the end of the year.