Briggs & Stratton Fears Job Losses

Milwaukee, Wis.-based Briggs & Stratton told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week that it has evidence that 22,000 jobs could be lost in 24 states if California adopts tougher emission standards for small engines.

The proposed rules would require Briggs and other manufacturers of small engines to put catalytic converters on their products starting around 2008. As a result, air pollution in California would be cut by the equivalent of taking 1.8 million cars off the roads, according to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Briggs and Stratton says such regulations would force them to build plants overseas to redesign engines, saving them money, but costing jobs here in the United States.

The study that revealed the potential job losses was conducted by Cambridge, Mass.-based National Economic Research Associates. It examined employment by Briggs & Stratton across the U.S. and also looked at employment of companies that supply parts and services to Briggs.

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