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After 107 years in Milwaukee, Harley could leave

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The roar that has made Milwaukee famous could soon be rumbling to another state if Harley-Davidson can't bring down its labor costs.

Harley-Davidson warned employees in April that it will move its Wisconsin manufacturing operations elsewhere if it cannot cut millions of dollars at the factories that build the bikes known as "Milwaukee Iron."

Harley's corporate headquarters would remain in Milwaukee. But that's small consolation to the community where the company has been a local fixture for more than a century.

Harley will make its decision on whether to move in the next two months. Executives are already scouting out other states. The company says it would also be open to incentives to keep the 1,630 manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin.

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