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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


Newsroom fun: Getting the York Daily Record editor Jim McClure to wear an orange vest

Orange you glad I’m back blogging again?

Lots of things have happened since I blogged last.

But first things first.

I am now the proud owner of an ‘orange crush’ ‘high visibility’ vest, a freebie from Harley’s Steel Toe Tour at its Springettsbury Township bike manufacturing plant. 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. 

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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