Briggs & Stratton is closing its facility in McDonough, Ga., and will transfer the plant's production of lawn tractors, snow throwers and pressure washers to its site in Wauwatosa, Wis., next year. The move is expected to create an additional 220 full-time positions at the Wisconsin facility, along with 150 seasonal jobs. The company closed the Georgia site to focus more on premium products from the Snapper and Simplicity brands.
Westin is promoting the wellness aspects of its hotels through a new $15 million campaign. The brand has launched a "Westin Well-Being" website, which offers tips for guests to feel well at its properties. The start of the campaign included a "mass mindfulness moment" event in New York organized by new partner Headspace, which will also offer meditation advice for hotel guests and staff.
The Lac du Flambeau tribe has reached an agreement with the city of Shullsburg, Wis., over a tribal casino. Under the terms of the agreement, the tribe will help pay for the infrastructure needed for the 20-acre casino resort. The tribe will also submit annual payments to the city. Gov. Scott Walker, who is still reviewing the Menominee tribe's plans for a casino in Kenosha, will have to review the Lac du Flambeau plan if it gets Bureau of Indian Affairs approval.
Marriott continues to expand its global footprint through franchising efforts, with the company's limited-service and extended-stay brands leading the way, said Liam Brown, president for select-service and extended-stay lodging and owner and franchising services in the U.S. and Canada. Marriott is also seeing success expanding its new Moxy brand in Europe, with nearly 30 sites tagged for potential openings, and is working to grow its AC Hotels by Marriott chain in North America, Brown said.