Briggs & Stratton to add 50 jobs in Alabama

Freeman Staff

Oct. 31, 2017

WAUKESHA — Briggs & Stratton announced Monday it will invest $12 million in its Auburn, Ala., plant, creating about 50 jobs.

The investment is part of the company’s plan to begin production of Vanguard big block V-twin engines at the Auburn plant by 2018.

“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,” said Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey in a statement.

Briggs & Stratton has operated in Auburn for 22 years and employs 430 workers. The Vanguard move switches the engine production from a joint venture partnership in Japan to manufacturing facilities in Statesboro, Ga., and Auburn.

Production is expected to be phased in, beginning in the middle of 2018 through the middle of 2019.