Briggs & Stratton Auburn Facility Expands, Announces 50 New Jobs & $12 Million Investment
New jobs coming to Auburn.
The Briggs & Stratton plant returning jobs from Japan to the United States and Auburn is getting some of them.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on hand to salute Briggs & Stratton for bringing those jobs back to the U.S. and Alabama.
“Instead of going overseas, it provides a wonderful opportunity for the people in the nation and we are proud to have them back in Alabama as well. It’s going to provide more jobs and opportunities for Moms and Dads in Lee County as well,” said Gov. Ivey.
50 new jobs to be added at the area’s largest industrial employer.
“We are bringing jobs back to the U.S., Georgia and Alabama to produce our Vanguard commercial style engines. We’ve done a lot of residential engines here in the Auburn facility and the Statesboro, Georgia facility, but this will be the first time we really will be doing our big block. So, it’s exciting for us because it’s an expansion and part of our strategy,” said Todd Teske, & CEO of Briggs & Stratton Corp.
Production of the Vanguard Big Block B-Twin Engines at the Auburn location means a $12-million expansion.
“We are hopeful that we will look for more expansions and more investment from Briggs & Stratton. We are hopeful we will have more great jobs and will benefit Lee County and surrounding areas for years and years to come,” said Bill Ham, Jr., Mayor of Auburn.
Those additional jobs come online in 2018.
Briggs & Stratton has been part of the Auburn community for 22 years.
That facility has already manufactured around 19 million engines.