Jan. 26, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Briggs & Stratton (NYSE: BGG) announced today that it will move existing manufacturing from its
facility to its
facility. The Company will also close its Ostrava,
plant, shifting production to the Company's
facility. Also, the Company will continue reducing capacity by reconfiguring and idling certain assets at its
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
"We continually evaluate our manufacturing footprint as we consider productivity and efficiency gains along with changes in the markets we serve. Since 2004, the U.S. lawn and garden market has declined over 33%. This significant and prolonged market decline is unlike any other this industry has seen in decades. In addition, we have taken actions over the past year to reconfigure and reduce our capacity and costs at our
Poplar Bluff, Mo
engine plant. The actions announced today to consolidate our manufacturing footprint further, will better align our production capacity to the markets we serve," continued
. "It was a very difficult decision to close these production facilities; however, these changes are a necessary step in executing our strategy to grow the profitability of our business and invest our resources in high margin and margin expanding areas. We will make a dedicated effort to minimize the impact of these closings on our employees and the surrounding communities."
facility currently manufacturers walk behind lawn mowers and snow throwers for the U.S. domestic market. The Ostrava,
facility currently manufactures small engines for the outdoor power equipment industry.
These changes will result in the closing of the Company's facility in
, affecting approximately 240 regular employees and 450 temporary employees. Additionally, the closing of the Ostrava,
facility will affect approximately 77 regular employees. The Company does not anticipate significant employment changes at its
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
facility. Where applicable, the company will provide assistance programs, continued benefits and outplacement services for the affected employees.
Operations in Ostrava are expected to wind down by
March 15, 2012
and Newbern are expected to wind down by approximately
May 15, 2012
Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in
, is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiary Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group LLC is
's number one manufacturer of portable generators and pressure washers, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of standby generators, along with lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris® and Murray® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents.