Governor Ivey announced on Monday that Briggs & Stratton Corporation, a Milwaukee-based company, is planning to begin production of V-twin big block engines at its Auburn facility in 2018. The company will invest $12 million for this project, ultimately creating 50 jobs.
“Briggs & Stratton is a valuable, longtime member of Alabama’s business community, and the company’s decision to expand its product manufacturing in Auburn is a testament to the strong partnership we have developed together over the years,” Governor Ivey said. “I’m committed to creating an ideal environment for commerce and letting the world know that Alabama is open for business.”
The company has implemented a related operation at its facility in Statesboro, Georgia. Both are part of the Briggs & Stratton’s strategic commercial engine growth plan.
“We see this as a strategic competitive advantage because we can manufacture close to our customers in the U.S., which allows us to be more price competitive and shortens the supply chain for our customers,” said David Rodgers, senior vice president and president of Engines and Power at Briggs & Stratton.
Mayor Bill Ham thanked Briggs & Stratton for its dedication to and support of the Auburn community.“We are truly grateful that the leadership at Briggs & Stratton continues to trust our community with their investment,” he said. “The contributions to our economy and the lives of our citizens cannot be overstated. From providing jobs to helping fund our annual Fourth of July fireworks display for many years running, they are an outstanding corporate member of the community.”
Briggs & Stratton is one of the city’s largest industrial employers, with 430 workers. They have been operating in Auburn for 22 years.