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A month of music: A lack thereof and a LIVE concert

The stage of the Strand all decked out for Think Loud's after party on Feb. 28. Later in the night, the curtains opened and Live played with a backdrop of empty seats.

The stage of the Strand all decked out for Think Loud’s after party on Feb. 28. Later in the night, the curtains opened and Live played with a backdrop of empty seats.

The past couple weeks, for me, have been about music.

First, there was the lack thereof.

Last week, we broke this story about Harley-Davidson removing radios from its plants as a matter of safety and productivity protocol.

I know what you’re thinking. (Some people even emailed me to share their two cents.)

“Why is this a story?” 

“What are you going to write about next? The contents of Harley’s vending machines? The employees’ bathroom breaks?”

Truthfully, this isn’t really a story about Harley at all. Continue reading

Takeaway points from White Rose Thunder: A photo essay

I spent the day Thursday at White Rose Thunder, a four-day motorcycle event at the York Expo Center.

I had a blast.

Why am I covering this, you ask?

Because I’m the manufacturing reporter. I get to cover Harley-Davidson’s York plant, which also means learning about various biker-y things that come my way.

When I took this job more than a year ago, I knew virtually nothing about motorcycles. To be honest, I still don’t know a whole lot, but I’m learning.

So, in honor of learning, here’s a list of takeaway points from White Rose Thunder captured with my iPhone 4S: Continue reading

At Harley, a new way of doing things

Originally published on Page A1 of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, June 5, 2011. 

By LAUREN BOYER 
Daily Record/Sunday News

York, PA — A fleet of automated guided carriers — robotic smart carts —

perform a mechanical ballet along the concrete floor of a building once solely reserved for making Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycles.

Automated guided carriers at Harley-Davidson's York County factory.

By August, more than 100 of the orange go-cart-sized bots will snake through on five rows of thin magnetic tape, carrying in-process Trike, Touring and Softail motorcycles through a futuristic assembly line that can be reconfigured within days to meet production demand.

There’s change happening at Harley.

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