Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Made in Wisconsin: Harley-Davidson

People outside Wisconsin are frequently surprised to learn the significant companies founded and still based in Wisconsin. One of the most important is Harley-Davidson, still the world's premiere motorcycle maker.

William Harley and brothers
William, Walter, and Arthur Davidson opened their first factory in Milwaukee in 1906, at a spot that remains their corporate headquarters today.

I love the fact that their New York Stock Exchange Code is HOG.

Harley Davidson certainly shows the strength and vitality of industry in Wisconsin. It's a place uniquely rich in natural resources, as well as gifted with a skilled and educated workforce. I will be featuring a number of other corporations that exemplify the same.

Keith Massey was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He has his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Biblical Hebrew, with a minor in Arabic. After 9/11, he served as an Arabic linguist at the NSA. He is currently a Latin teacher at a public high school in New Jersey.

Keith is the author of Intermediate Arabic for Dummies. His fiction novels follow the adventures of Andrew Valquist, roughly patterned after himself--a man born and raised in Wisconsin who gets pulled into the world of international intrigue. 

Keith's novels are A Place of Brightness, Amor Vincit Omnia: An Andrew Valquist Adventure, Next Stop: Spanish, and In Saecula Saeculorum.