As President Donald Trump hits the road to the Snap-On (SNA - Get Report) tools plant in Wisconsin on Tuesday, he is likely to encourage government agencies to choose American companies first when awarding contracts, with waivers for some foreign-made goods.
"A lot of what the administration talks about, we have always been about," said Levatich. "The visit to the White House was a recognition of companies like Harley-Davidson doing things the way the administration would like more companies to do. We have never wavered on that strategy. The strategy comes from what our customers value in Harley-Davidson, and not just the U.S. customer, but also around the world. They value the American qualities of a Harley-Davidson. I think that is unchanged and not going to vary significantly in the future."
Levatich and his team met with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in early February (see below).
Here are five well-known products that are quintessentially Made in the USA.
This Milwaukee-based motorcycle brand takes the prize for manufacturing its coveted products in the U.S. It has two assembly factories outside this country, in Brazil and in India, that serve the markets of South America and the Asia Pacific and Europe, respectively. The American-made parts are sent to those facilities, where they are assembled as motorcycles.
Harley-Davidson has been on President Trump's radar, as company executives brought its bikes to the White House lawn earlier this year for him to see.
"Our U.S. customers may actually have a newfound appreciation for what we have always done. I think they are pretty well aware. We have factory tours, you can walk into our factories and see the degree of work we do and also the amount of supply from companies that often are right down the street from our plants," said Levatich.
"People are proud of that when they see that," he added. "To hear the sentiment turn to the value of real manufacturing jobs in America, Harley is a great example of doing it the way it should be done."
The legendary Louisville Slugger, the official bat of professional baseball, was first made in 1884 by a 17-year-old boy in Louisville, Ky., and is still manufactured there.
According to the website of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, in 2015 Wilson Sporting Goods bought the Slugger brand from Hillerich & Bradsby, which owns the museum and factory, and makes the wooden bats exclusively for Wilson, now under the umbrella of Finnish company AmerSports.
The KitchenAid mixer, the high-end heavy-duty small appliance for serious cooks and gifters of bridal shower presents, has been made in Greenville, Ohio, since 1919. The division is owned by Whirpool (WHR - Get Report) .
Coach (COH) makes its luxury leather goods—bags, briefcases, belts and wallets—all over the world, but sources much of its hides in the U.S., its CEO Victor Luis said on CNBC in January.
"Our handbags are made in 18 countries across the world with a concentration in Asia," he said. "We're very dependent on leather, and approximately 50 percent or over 50 percent of our hides come from the U.S."
Luis told TheStreet in May 2016 interview, "On the one side is a brand that is rooted in history, heritage and quality but on the other hand there is a brand that plays with credibility in the current fashion scene. This is such a unique positioning for any American brand. There isn't a 75-year-old leather brand in the U.S. today that is also a credible fashion resource."
Even though the Boston-based maker of New Balance sneakers touts its "Made in America" bona fides, only a quarter of its sneakers are made in the U.S. This privately held company, which did not respond to a request for comment, states on its website that, "We're proud to be the only major company to make or assemble more than 4 million pairs of athletic footwear per year in the USA, which represents a limited portion of our sales. Where the domestic value is, at least 70%, we label our shoes Made in the USA."