Layoffs begin at Poplar Bluff Briggs & Stratton - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Layoffs begin at Poplar Bluff Briggs & Stratton

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) – Lawn and garden engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton will begin laying off employees Friday after announcing the cuts in September.

According to a press release from the company, 92 seasonal employees and 110 full and part-time employees will start being laid off on October 14.  

Briggs & Stratton manufactures small engines for the outdoor power equipment industry.

The company cites the economy and seasonal nature of the business for reasons for the cuts.

Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce Director Steve Halter says while the loss of jobs is a blow to the city, the unemployment rate in Butler County is still around 8 percent.  The state average is 8.8 percent for the month of August, according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The company laid off 114 employees in 2009.  The company cited softer demand for lawn and garden equipment two years ago.

Copyright 2011 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Names and new details released in Jackson County homicide

    Names and new details released in Jackson County homicide

    Saturday, November 18 2017 11:58 PM EST2017-11-19 04:58:03 GMT
    Sunday, November 19 2017 8:36 PM EST2017-11-20 01:36:23 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    According to Jackson County Sheriff's Captain Ricky Morales, 40-year-old Rickey D. Crawford Jr., of Tuckerman, was arrested in relation to the death of 33-year-old Amanda Michelle Crawford.

    According to Jackson County Sheriff's Captain Ricky Morales, 40-year-old Rickey D. Crawford Jr., of Tuckerman, was arrested in relation to the death of 33-year-old Amanda Michelle Crawford.

  • Jonesboro police investigate shooting in downtown Jonesboro

    Jonesboro police investigate shooting in downtown Jonesboro

    Sunday, November 19 2017 1:24 PM EST2017-11-19 18:24:57 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Jonesboro Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened Sunday morning in downtown Jonesboro.

    The Jonesboro Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened Sunday morning in downtown Jonesboro.

  • Arkansas hospitals: Shortage of IV equipment due to storm

    Arkansas hospitals: Shortage of IV equipment due to storm

    Sunday, November 19 2017 1:04 PM EST2017-11-19 18:04:26 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Arkansas hospitals say a national shortage of IVs is the worst they've ever seen since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September and knocked out a key plant that manufactures the medical equipment

    Arkansas hospitals say a national shortage of IVs is the worst they've ever seen since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September and knocked out a key plant that manufactures the medical equipment

Powered by Frankly