Briggs and Stratton plans layoffs at Poplar Bluff facility

Facing projections of decreased demand, Briggs and Stratton plans to lay off employees at its facility in Poplar Bluff, according to a report from KFVS, the CBS affiliate in Cape Girardeau.

The Wisconsin-based company, which makes small engines, will cut production at its Poplar Bluff facility from three assembly lines to two, according to Rick Carpenter, the company’s vice president of communications.

The exact number of layoffs remains unknown. The facility employs more than 600 people, Carpenter told KFVS.

The layoffs mark the latest blow to manufacturing jobs in the southeast Missouri city. Another Poplar Bluff manufacturer, Mid Continent Nail Corp., has cut jobs and expressed concerns about its ability to stay in business in the face of price pressures resulting from trade tariffs.


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