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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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  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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The board that oversees the West Kentucky Megasite in Graves County is weighing the future of the property after a benchmarking report ranked it at or near the bottom in every category.

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A Korean automotive parts maker and local officials ceremonially broke ground on Monday on a $50 million facility in Murray.

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Economic development officials in Murray say a newly completed 62,000 square foot spec building just north of town is garnering attention from prospective businesses.

Economic leaders behind the Megasite industrial park in Graves County say they are "watchfully waiting" for a major investor, and focusing attention on local economic development projects.

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Local officials are hopeful a new spec building north of Murray could help bring western Kentucky onto the national and global stage for business investment. 

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Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton and Hickman county's governments are splitting an $84,000 economic study aimed at bringing jobs back to the Mississippi River-bordering counties of western Kentucky.

Jackson Purchase counties may see some extra money in their budgets next fiscal year. Each county could see around $100,000 dollars, according to Purchase Regional Industrial Park Board Chair Mark Manning.