MILWAUKEE, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG) today announced that it has produced its 70 Millionth small engine at its Murray, Kentucky facility. A committed team of approximately one thousand American workers have achieved this milestone of consistently producing millions of engines each year since the plants opening in 1985 for the outdoor power equipment industry. This great accomplishment is further evidence that Briggs & Stratton, like many companies, is solidly committed to U.S. – based manufacturing.
The approximately 300,000 square feet at its Murray facility, located at 110 Main Street, is responsible for die casting, machining and the assembly of engines and related components. "It's hard to believe that just this facility alone has produced 70 million small engines," said Rodney Bohannon, Plant Manager. "This is a true testament to the dedication and hard work of our employees and suppliers." Briggs & Stratton's Murray Kentucky facility is one of four small engine plants located in the U.S.
"This is a tremendous milestone and a wonderful day for Briggs & Stratton and the Commonwealth, with more than 70 million engines manufactured in Murray," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "Briggs & Stratton is a global leader in its field and truly a household name, with four out of five homes in the country owning a Briggs & Stratton engine. We are proud Briggs & Stratton calls Kentucky home and look forward to its continued prosperity, innovation and success."
"Briggs & Stratton has a longstanding relationship with the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is a top employer in the community. Manufacturing 70 million engines is a significant accomplishment," stated Murray Mayor Bill Wells. "They continue to invest in our community and are a significant part of Murray's economic success and for that we are extremely thankful."
Briggs & Stratton previously announced that its newest generation of engines would be produced at the Murray, Kentucky facility. This new engine platform called the E Series™ began production last year.
"This milestone couldn't have been achieved without the extreme dedication of our Murray team and the support of the entire community, stated Joseph Wright, Senior Vice President and President of Briggs & Stratton's Engine Products Group.
Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiary Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group LLC is North America's number one marketer of portable generators and pressure washers, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of standby generators, along with lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Snapper Pro®, Ferris® and Murray® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For more information, visit www.enginesmatter.com and www.briggsandstratton.com.
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