A manufacturer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, Briggs & Stratton, will open a 400,000-square-foot distribution center in Auburn, Alabama.
The new Alabama distribution hub, focusing on Briggs & Stratton engines and other products, will allow the company to reduce delivery times to its customers in the Southeast region, state officials said.The new facility is expected to be operational by spring 2019.
The company will also open a new distribution hub in Germantown, Wisconsin, under this plan, which will be in addition to the company’s existing service and parts distribution center located in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
“By consolidating our current footprint into two large distribution centers, we’re increasing efficiencies to more effectively serve our customers,” said Bill Harlow, Director of Global Distribution and Warehousing at Briggs & Stratton.
“The locations in Germantown and Auburn will provide a North American enterprise distribution footprint that supports our strategy and customers with optimal inventory and order delivery while managing space and capital investment.”
In 2017 the company announced a $12 million project to produce Vanguard commercial V-twin engines in Auburn. The new warehouse will be used to store these engines, along with other products, for final shipment.
Dave Rodgers, Senior Vice President and President of Engines and Power at Briggs & Stratton, said, “We’re already enhancing two of our existing plants in Auburn, Alabama, and Statesboro, Georgia, to bring production of our commercial Vanguard V-Twin engines back to the U.S., and we’re continuously investing in our research and development efforts to create products that help make work easier and lives better, it’s an exciting time to be at Briggs & Stratton,” he said.