briggs and stratton

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  Engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton Corp. is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy almost a year after the corporation announced it would be closing its long-time plant in Murray, affecting 600 employees. Yet, a local economic development leader says he expects the bankruptcy proceedings to ultimately have little local impact.

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The head of Murray-Calloway Economic Development Corporation said an operation to build a $50 million automotive parts facility is still underway in Murray. 

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The West Kentucky Workforce Development Board will receive $2.6 million dollars to provide career and training services for employees impacted by the future closure of the Briggs and Stratton engine manufacturing plant in Murray.

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  Some of the 600 employees affected by the future closure of the Briggs and Stratton engine manufacturing plant in Murray came to their first job fair Tuesday to find new employment. Briggs and Stratton announced in August the company was closing their plant by fall of 2020.

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  West Kentucky economic development leaders, welfare organizations and government officials are developing initial plans to help more than 600 employees affected by the pending closure of Murray’s Briggs and Stratton manufacturing plant. 

 

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Briggs and Stratton is closing their Murray operation by fall 2020. About 600 full-time positions will be affected. The Milwaukee-based company announced on Thursday plans to consolidate production of its small vertical-shaft engines to its Poplar Bluff, Missouri facility. 

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Murray's Briggs and Stratton plant is establishing an on-site medical clinic. 

The Briggs & Stratton plant in Murray has produced 70 million small engines since it opened in 1985; an average of nearly 2.6 million engines a year. At a press conference today Engine Products Group President Joseph Wright said the demand for quality engines allows them to keep that production domestic.