Briggs & Stratton Corp. will close its McDonough, Ga., plant, affecting about 475 employees in coming months.
The Wauwatosa, Wis.-based company (NYSE: BGG) said the plant, which makes pressure washers, snow throwers, zero-turn lawn mowers and smaller lawn and garden tractors, will be consolidated into other plants in Wisconsin and New York. The shutdown is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2015.
“We have not been able to get the McDonough plant running at full capacity for several years. That, and market conditions, have made it even more difficult,” Laura Timm, vice president of corporate communications and public affairs at Briggs & Stratton, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.