2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
The History Of Briggs & StrattonBriggs & Stratton is the world’s largest manufacturer of air-cooled engines, building more than 9 million of them in the U.S. each year. But few people know that the company got its start as a school project.
Stephen Foster Briggs built a 2-cycle engine as an engineering student in 1907 at a college in Brookings, S.Dak. He was eager to bring the engine to market but did not have the resources. So he teamed up with Harold Stratton, a successful grain merchant, and the two men formed a partnership.
Unfortunately, Briggs’ original engine proved too costly to manufacture but the company found success making auto parts and even produced a small car named the Briggs & Stratton Flyer. Eventually the company focused on small gas engines for outdoor power equipment and the rest is history
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