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.

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