Briggs & Stratton, a gasoline engine manufacturer, today announced the expansion of its current facility in Poplar Bluff, creating 130 new jobs over the next 12 months with an average salary of $36,531 and additional hiring in 2021. The project represents a capital investment of $15 million to help streamline production and increase the utilization of available square footage. The company selected Missouri following a competitive process with Kentucky. Poplar Bluff was chosen for the expansion due to the availability of a skilled and trained workforce as well as several buildings that could accommodate new product lines. One of the Department’s new programs, Missouri One Start, was key in the company’s decision to expand. Through this program, $175,000 is available to Briggs & Stratton to train new and existing employees. In addition, Missouri One Start will provide the company with personalized recruitment and screening assistance to ensure the company has the skilled workforce they need to be successful. Partners involved throughout the bidding process include the City of Poplar Bluff, Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, and the Missouri Department of Economic Development. To learn more about Briggs & Stratton, visit briggsandstratton.com.