The Briggs and Stratton Corporation is the world’s largest producer of gas engines for outdoor power equipment. The company was founded in 1908 in Milwaukee by Stephen Briggs and Harold Stratton with the intention of going into automotive manufacturing and originally produced automobile parts.
In 1919 Briggs and Stratton took over production of the Motor Wheel from the A.O. Smith Company, a gas engine patent they improved and used to power the Briggs and Stratton Flyer, a small, simple two-seated vehicle. Successes with the Motor Wheel lead to the development of other small engines that powered consumer products like washing machines, tractors, cultivators and portable generators.
By the 1950’s Briggs and Stratton had revolutionized the lawn and garden industry by introducing their lightweight aluminum engine. Lighter and less expensive than cast iron engine, this engine made outdoor equipment more accessible to the masses and the company saw a steady growth for the next few decades.
Today they are the largest producer of small gas engines for mowers, generators, snow blowers, pressure washers, and other outdoor equipment. Nearly 60 million households have lawn care products powered by Briggs and Stratton engines and 8 out of 10 lawn mower brands choose to use Briggs and Stratton engines to power their products.