Friday, May 28, 2010

Husqvarna to consolidate assembly operations from Beatrice, Nebraska to Orangeburg, South Carolina

Husqvarna has previously communicated its intention to implement a number of structural changes in the US and Europe in order to reduce costs and improve the Group’s competitiveness. The measures are aimed at eliminating overlap and duplication within production and administration.

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In line with these changes, production of the Zero Turn Radius mowers and Specialty Turf Equipment products in the US will be consolidated into the Group’s plant in Orangeburg, South Carolina, which manufactures similar products including riding tractors, tillers and snow throwers. Consolidating production in a single plant will enable substantial improvements in the efficiency of the production process, as well as higher productivity. The operations will be consolidated during the fall of 2010 to enable a seamless transition without negative effects on the ability to serve our customers.

Final assembly operations in the Beatrice, Nebraska facility will be discontinued during the second half of 2010. The Beatrice facility currently has approximately 390 employees.

For additional information, please contact

John Marchionda, Vice President - Marketing, telephone 704-921-7033

The Husqvarna Group is the world's largest producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, lawn mowers and garden tractors. It is the European leader in consumer irrigation equipment under the Gardena brand. The Group is also one of the world leaders in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. Net sales in 2009 were SEK 34 billion and the average number of employees was 15,000.