Briggs & Stratton laid off 38 workers at their Auburn location last week.

Rebecca Shaffer, a spokesperson for the company told 1819 News on Monday the layoffs were a result of “the seasonal nature of our business.”

“Due to the seasonal nature of our business, our production cycle includes high and low-demand periods,” Shaffer said. “We are entering a slower demand period, producing less than we do during our busy season. Therefore, we’ve made the difficult decision to reduce our full-time hourly staff by 38 people. We understand this is a difficult time for our impacted employees and their families, and we hope that as fall approaches, we can bring many of these employees back to Briggs & Stratton.”

According to the company's website, Briggs & Stratton, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of engines for outdoor power equipment and is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of lithium-ion batteries, standby generators, energy storage systems, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products.

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