Briggs & Strat­ton to shut­ter GA plant for 4 weeks

The Covington News - - Around the Region -

MCDONOUGH (AP) — Briggs & Strat­ton Corp. cited on­go­ing drought con­di­tions as it an­nounced that the com­pany will tem­po­rar­ily shut­ter a McDonough fa­cil­ity that makes lawn and gar­den equip­ment.

Pro­duc­tion will be sus­pended from Oct. 29 through Nov. 25. About 340 hourly em­ploy­ees and 200 tem­po­rary em­ploy­ees will be laid off dur­ing the shut­down.

The com­pany said Mon­day it wants to re­duce its equip­ment sup­ply amid lag­ging de­mand.

Drought con­di­tions have af­fected large por­tions of the U.S. since May.

The com­pany said it will not dis­con­tinue parts ship­ments to cus­tomers dur­ing the pe­riod.

The Wis­con­sin firm said the tem­po­rary ac­tion should have no sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on its in­come fore­cast for fis­cal 2013. The com­pany ini­tially pro­jected net in­come of $60 mil­lion to $75 mil­lion. That’s $1.25 to $1.55 per di­luted share. Tues­day that he in­tends to play against the Com­modores.

Jones said he’s “ready to get out there and just pick up where I left off from.”

He strained his right groin be­fore the Mis­souri game, but played through the pain in per­haps the best per­for­mance of his col­lege ca­reer — two sacks, two forced fum­bles and an in­ter­cep­tion that he nearly brought back for a touch­down.

Jones won nu­mer­ous de­fen­sive player of the week awards, but Ge­or­gia de­cided to rest him against over­matched Florida At­lantic.

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