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Company Closing Tennessee Plant, Ramping Up In Kentucky

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NEWBERN, Tenn. (AP) - Power equipment maker Briggs & Stratton has announced a consolidation that will close the company's factory in West Tennessee.

A news release from the Milwaukee-based company on Thursday announced the closure of the plant in Newbern, laying off about 240 regular employees and 450 temporary employees. The plant makes walk-behind lawn mowers and snow blowers for the U.S. domestic market. The work is being moved to a Briggs & Stratton plant in McDonough, Georgia.

The company is also closing a Czech plant, sending that work to its plant in Murray, Kentucky, and ending 77 overseas jobs.

The Newbern plant will be shuttered by about May 15, according to the company.

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