Evan and Crew Ready to Hand Over Petition to Harley-Davidson
Evan ForresterStaff reporter as reported on Fox 43.
Watch the report here: http://www.fox43.com/news/features/saveourplant/wpmt-pmnews-harleydavidsonmilwaukeetrip-08-04-09,0,4428600.story
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - The effort to try to persuade Harley-Davidson's management team to keep the plant open in York County continues. Eight local riders have ridden their motorcycles 800 miles from York to Harley headquarters in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The group started the trip Monday, traveling from York to Cleveland, Ohio. Tuesday they hit the open road for the remaining 400 miles to Milwaukee. There they will meet with a member of Harley's upper management to present petitions with more than five thousand signatures, urging the company to keep the plant operating in York County.
The group left bright and early Tuesday morning, leaving Cleveland in the rear view mirror-- more than 400 miles of open road to Milwaukee. "It feels awesome. I've had a great time! Fantastic weather-- excellent ride-- couldn't ask for more" says Brian VanSyoc from Lancaster County. While he doesn't ride a Harley he clearly knows the importance of keeping the Harley plant in York County. "I know our economy has been really bad, and to hear the fact that 25 hundred plus people could lose their jobs could really devastate not only York County but surrounding areas as well, Lancaster and Harrisburg and that."
Tuesday's leg of the trip roared through Ohio, Indiania, Illinois and Wisconsin. Dave Thoman has made this trip countless times. For almost 20 years he drove a truck for Harley. Now he rides to help others. It's been a fantastic ride for me. Harley has been really good to me. I have friends and family that still work there, and I would like to see them stay there."
Wednesday the group will present Harley management with petitions containing more than five thousand signatures along with a DVD of highlites from the FOX43 Save Our Plant Ride and Rally. Rider Dan Helman hopes it will help make a difference. "I hope hope that they do pay attention to all the names on the petition. All the people that actually took time out of their day to go on the ride on Sunday and show they're support. I hope they take that into consideration when they make their decision."