Weather Alerts 11 View »

Employees take pride in Harley-Davidson's success


Video by

Employees take pride in Harley-Davidson's success

By Yona Gavino. CREATED Aug 30, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 30, 2013

MILWAUKEE - We all know that thousands of people are pumped for the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary. Some of the biggest fans are employees.

Anne VanLangen has worked at Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson in Thiensville for almost 25 years.  She knows how excited the out-of-town riders are. But she’s just as thrilled to meet the fellow Harley fans as well.

“The Harley riders are so friendly,” says VanLangen. “I can’t even explain it. They can wait in line an hour and not say anything negative.”

She tells TODAY’S TMJ4 they’re very patient. Their joy makes her job so fun. But Todd Berlin, the General Manager, admits it has gotten a little hectic lately.

“It’s insane and wild to work here,” says Berlin. “There are so many people coming in and out of here. It’s a blast and a lot of fun.”

Of course, the traffic does have its benefits for the dealership.

Berlin adds that business has also picked up. According to him, they’re selling 20 to 30 Harleys a day.

These employees have celebrated many Harley Davidson anniversaries. But this one, they say, is the biggest.

“Our 90th and 95th were very big, and the 100th and 105th are just as big. But this is getting bigger,” says Anne VanLangen.

We even found a former Harley Davidson employee who’s been a fan since 1941. She confesses she’s been on the back of a few Harleys.

“I think the fresh air has something to do with it,” explains 90-year-old Alice Dickmann.”You’re able to see nature close by.”

Alice tells TODAY’S TMJ4 that the last time she was on a Harley was about five years ago – when she was 85.

Yona Gavino

Yona Gavino

Yona joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a general assignment reporter in April 2013. Before moving to MIlwaukee, Yona spent two and a half years as a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.