Husqvarna to close Beatrice plant, consolidate assembly operations in Orangeburg

Husqvarna has previously communicated its intention to implement a number of structural changes in the United States and Europe in order to reduce costs and improve its competitiveness. The measures are aimed at eliminating overlap and duplication within production and administration.

In line with these changes, Husqvarna announced May 28 that it will consolidate production of its zero-turn-radius mowers and specialty turf equipment products in the United States from its Beatrice, Neb., facility into its plant in Orangeburg, S.C., which manufactures similar products, including riding tractors, tillers and snow throwers. Consolidating production in a single plant will enable substantial improvements in the efficiency of the production process, as well as higher productivity.

The operations will be consolidated during the fall of 2010 to enable a seamless transition without negative effects on the ability to serve Husqvarna’s customers.

Final assembly operations in the Beatrice, Neb., facility will be discontinued during the second half of 2010. The Beatrice facility currently has approximately 390 employees.

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