Sarah HauerMilwaukee Journal Sentinel
Briggs & Stratton Corp. is moving production from its facility in Wauwatosa to New York, the company announced in a news release Friday.
The Milwaukee-based company said production of its lawn tractor, residential zero-turn mower, snow thrower and pressure washer products will move from Wauwatosa at the end of August.
Not all production is leaving the Wauwatosa site. Standby generators and engine components production, along with other support areas will stay at the Wauwatosa facility.
The reason for the move, the company said, is to streamline its production and distribution of products. The New York facility that will take over production of the lawn tractor, residential zero-turn mower, snow thrower and pressure washer products is within 10 miles of another Briggs & Stratton facility where similar products are made.
Employees in Wisconsin who will be affected by the move will be given a 60-day notice, Briggs & Stratton said in the news release. The employees will stay with the company through the end of August.
The maker of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment reported a loss of $145 million in the most recent fiscal quarter ending March 29.
Earlier this month, Briggs & Stratton did not make a $6.7 million interest payment while at the same time awarding executives and other key employees more than $5 million in cash retention awards.
Salaries of executives and managers were restored to base starting next month after going to reduced levels in April.
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