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Harley-Davidson appoints new boss for job-loss factory

"Ed has demonstrated he has the skills and ability to lead York and its transformation into a best-in-class operation"

HARLEY-DAVIDSON has announced a new General Manager is to be appointed at the company's York factory, where around 1,000 losses were announced earlier this week as part of a cost-saving, streamlining process.

Ed Magee will head-up Harley's Vehicle Operations at the revitalised plant in York County, Pennsylvania, in just over a week's time. Magee, 43, will succeed Fred Gates, current Vice President and General Manager, who will retire in 2010.

"Through his various assignments at Harley-Davidson, Ed has demonstrated he has the skills and ability to lead York and its transformation into a best-in-class operation," said Karl Eberle, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. "I have no doubt that Ed, working closely with York's joint union and management restructuring team, will successfully evolve York into a lean, effective and efficient factory."

Magee will relocate to the York area in the near future to fulfil his new role.

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