5 most-read stories in September

Here is a list of the top five most-read stories in the OPEI SmartBrief in September:

  1. Bush Hog to be acquired in all-stock deal
    The Alamo Group plans to purchase Bush Hog in an all-stock transaction valued at around $23.6 million, based on Friday's closing price. Bush Hog, based in Selma, Ala., manufactures rotary cutters, lawn mowers and other landscaping equipment. Alamo will add Bush Hog to its North American agricultural division. Selma Times Journal (9/5)
  2. Briggs & Stratton to close Wisconsin warehouse, factory
    Briggs & Stratton Corp. plans to close its factory in Jefferson, Wis., by the end of the year. The small-engine and outdoor power equipment manufacturer will also close its Jefferson warehouse in 2010. The closure of both facilities will result in layoffs of at least 430. American City Business Journals/Milwaukee (9/1)
  3. Bobcat's new owners facing economic downturn
    Bobcat plans to shut its plant in Bismarck, N.D., by the end of the year. South Korea's Doosan acquired the skid-steer loader manufacturer for $4.9 billion in 2007. "Unfortunately, the Doosan people got involved in this thing at a time when everything was heading south, and they really didn't understand how bad it was going to get," said Chuck Yengst, a construction manufacturing industry analyst. The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.) (9/20)
  4. Cub Cadet awards top dealers for success
    At the Cub Cadet Dealer Meeting in Memphis, Tenn., top dealers received awards for selling more than 500 machines in 2009. MTD Products, the owners of Cub Cadet, faced the recession by making product acquisitions and developing technologies. Blogger Cathy Atkins praised the company's "intense passion to succeed" for helping Cub Cadet gain market share in 2009. Columbia Business Times (Mo.)/Walking Into the Fire blog (9/19)
  5. Exmark Manufacturing rehires 200 employees
    Beatrice Daily Sun (Neb.) (9/16)

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