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Briggs & Stratton cuts 750 jobs; shutters Tenn., Czech plants

Will move excess capacity to facilities in Georgia and Kentucky in hopes of saving $18 million in costs.


January 26, 2012
by The Canadian Press

MILWAUKEE—Engine maker Briggs & Stratton Corp. is closing plants in Tennessee and the Czech Republic, cutting over 750 jobs.

The Milwaukee-based company says it expects to save more than $18 million by cutting 690 jobs in Tennessee and 77 in the Czech Republic and moving these operations to its facilities in Georgia and Kentucky.

It is also reducing capacity at its Poplar Bluff, Mo. plant.

Briggs & Stratton says the job cuts reflect declines in the U.S. lawn and garden market and lacking demand for its equipment.