Briggs & Stratton to expand plant in Poplar Bluff, add jobs

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POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) – Briggs & Stratton will expand its manufacturing plant in the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff and add 130 new jobs over the next year.

The company, which makes small gasoline engines used in lawnmowers, announced the expansion Thursday. The Wisconsin-based company says the average salary will be $36,531.

Briggs & Stratton says it plans additional hiring in 2021.

A news release from Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s office says Briggs & Stratton chose Poplar Bluff over a competing location in Kentucky, citing the availability of a skilled and trained workforce along with several buildings that could accommodate new product lines.

The state also provided $175,000 in incentives through the Missouri One Start program, aimed at helping recruit workers and train new and existing employees.

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