The year was 1908 and two men stood in an empty warehouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, pondering the establishment of a single company that would change the way most gasoline engines are powered in these United States and consequently, the world.
The two men, in that warehouse, were none other than Stephen Briggs, an electrical engineer, and his new partner, Harold Stratton, a grain merchant. Pretty unlikely pairing some would mumble in the streets of Milwaukee yet in retrospect, these two men from different backgrounds, would be the innovators that launched one of the most successful small engine-manufacturing firms in the history of the world.
The reason why we here at this Briggs and Stratton Engine Parts location feel it is vitally important to offer a strictly condensed reading and appreciation of the creation of this fine company, is so that the youth of the lawn and garden sector, know exactly who is responsible for their benefit.
Those two entrepreneurs put their money together to build a new gas-powered vehicle at the dawn of the automotive age. What came of that initial configuration was the building of the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment.
Currently, Briggs & Stratton engines can be found all over the world and in far away locations such as milking machines in Mexico, sugar cane crushers in Puerto Rico and fishing boats in Vietnam. However, the bulk of these wonderful, reliable engines are found in the backyards across America.