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Engine manufacturer To Lay Off 250 In AL

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 2:21pm
The Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Engine maker Briggs & Stratton plans on trimming about 250 jobs at an Alabama manufacturing plant.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/JOnFhA ) that the layoffs at the Auburn plant will begin in December of this year and continue into 2013.

Briggs & Stratton spokeswoman Laura Timm says production of horizontal shaft engines and small generators currently made in Alabama will be moved to China.

Timm says it is no longer profitable to make those products in the U.S.

In addition to the layoffs at the Auburn plant, the company plans to cut about 210 jobs globally and halt placement of lawn and garden products at national mass retailers.

Timm says the company plans to work with displaced workers to help them find other jobs.

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