Briggs & Stratton announces payback of lost salaries to its workforce

Briggs & Stratton Corporation announced Jan. 15 that it would reimburse salaried employees 75 percent of wages lost during a temporary wage reduction July 1-Dec. 31, 2009. The company implemented a 10-percent pay reduction for all of its domestic salaried employees in mid 2009 and suspended its 401(k) contributions during that time.

“We had some difficult decisions to make during the recession and our employees really pulled together as a team to help the company,” said Todd Teske, president and CEO, Briggs & Stratton Corporation. “While there is still a lot of uncertainty with the economy, we are in a position to pay back our employees for a portion of their lost salaries.”

On Jan. 1, 2010, Briggs & Stratton also restored its employees’ salaries, as well as the company’s 401(k) matching contributions. “We will see how the upcoming spring selling season goes before we make a decision as to whether or not we can repay the remaining 25 percent,” said Teske. “We will try very hard to make that happen.”  It should be noted that only after all salaried employees are reimbursed 100 percent, will officers and key executives become eligible for reimbursement.

Teske began his newly appointed position as president and CEO on Jan. 1, 2010. “During this fiscal year, we have had to make some difficult decisions,” Teske said. “I really appreciated the way our employees pulled together to not only help us through these difficult times, but also make us a stronger enterprise for the long-term. It is remarkable what people can do when they band together.  I am grateful for their hard work and pleased that we can repay them now for at least some of the salary decreases from the last six months.”

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Briggs & Stratton Corporation is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiary Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group LLC is North America’s number one manufacturer of portable generators and pressure washers, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity, Snapper, Ferris and Murray brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed, and serviced in more than 100 countries on six continents.

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