2010-04-29 / Local & State

Harley-Davidson To Reopen Pa. Motorcycle Plant

YORK, Pa. (AP) – Harley- Davidson says its motorcycle plant in central Pennsylvania should be back on line soon now that tests have indicated a paint chemical poses no danger to workers.

But the company says test results are still pending at the Kansas City plant, which was also idled.

Harley-Davidson spokesman Michael DiMauro said Friday that the shop in York, Pa., could restart paint work over the weekend, allowing assembly lines to be up and running on Monday.

The Milwaukee-based company idled the two plants Thursday after being alerted by a supplier that its paint for coating motorcycle parts could expose workers to the benzene. The chemical has been linked to cancer and other health problems.

DiMauro says tests in the York paint shop showed the benzene levels were well below exposure limits set by federal regulators.

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