POPLAR BLUFF — Briggs & Stratton is citing softer demand for lawn and garden equipment as part of the reason for the decision to lay off 114 workers at its plant in the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff.
The layoffs begin April 17. The facility manufactures small engines for outdoor power equipment.
Plant manager Mark Melloy said that in addition to soft demand, retailers are trying to maintain smaller inventory levels.
Briggs & Stratton has about 1,300 workers in Poplar Bluff. The plant was built in 1989 and is the Poplar Bluff region's largest employer.
Melloy said the company expects to hire people in the fall. He said the seasonal cycle is not uncommon for the company, which he said continues to be "healthy and profitable."