Project Details

Project Overview

  • Operating Business - Rural
  • Location

  • Statesboro, GA
  • Project Type

  • Engine plant
  • Job Creation

  • 50 new full time jobs
  • Briggs & Stratton – Statesboro


    The Story

    Briggs & Stratton Corporation, the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, is onshoring production of the Company’s Vanguard Small Block V-Twin engines and expanding the Statesboro Engine Plant’s die cast and commercial engine manufacturing operations, as well as upgrading equipment to streamline the production of its current engines serving the local market. Briggs & Stratton has a long history of providing quality jobs and stimulating the economy in rural communities. Through its partnerships with local high schools, colleges and technical schools, Briggs & Stratton offers internships and training opportunities to students interested in a career in the manufacturing industry.

    Located in rural Georgia, Briggs & Stratton’s Statesboro Engine Plant is adding 50 new, quality, fulltime and permanent jobs to its existing workforce of over 325 jobs. Many of the positions do not require a college degree and are manufacturing in nature, where employees are operating and maintaining the production lines and equipment. Briggs & Stratton has committed to funding critical workforce development training efforts as part of this expansion. It will also provide current employees with the opportunity to participate in technical engine training to increase their technical knowledge, gain the requisite certification and qualify for higher level positions and grades within the Company.

    The New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTC”) helped enable upgrades within the Statesboro facility to produce the small engine blocks and ensure efficiency of warehouse operations to meet market demands.

    NMTC allocation was provided by DV Community Investment, LLC, MuniStrategies, LLC, and SunTrust Community Development Enterprises, LLC.

     

    The Financing

    • Total Project Cost: $24 million
    • MuniStrategies Allocation: $12.5 million

     

    The Impacts

    • Economic: Onshoring and expansion of this business will keep hundreds of attainable jobs viable for years to come.
    • Jobs: This project is adding 50 new, quality, fulltime and permanent jobs to its existing workforce of over 325 jobs with many targeted at “middle skill” levels attainable with provided training.
    • Community: In addition to the prevention of offshoring local jobs, education opportunities available to existing employees and helping fund local college and high school engineering programs, the Company also benefits the local community through its support of community programs. These programs include financial and volunteer support to organizations such as Alzheimer Association, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Bulloch County Fourth of July Fireworks Production, Diabetes Association, and Southeast United Way; as well as, various board support from high-ranking employees.
    • Workforce Development: Through its partnership with Georgia Quick Start, a division of the Technical College System of Georgia, employees are offered customized workforce training as well as 75% tuition assistance toward two- and/or four-year degrees to increase their skillset and labor grade.

     

    In the News

    Briggs & Stratton expands in Statesboro

    Briggs & Stratton To Move Production From Japan To Its Plants In Statesboro, Georgia And Auburn, Alabama

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