2012 Sustainability Report

2012

2012 Sustainability Report - People, Planet, Product, Profit
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  • People

    Protecting our greatest asset, our people. Not only are we engaged with the communities in which we operate, we also pride ourselves on fostering and developing the people inside of the company.

    Be gentle first with yourself if you wish to be gentle with others.

    — Lama Yeshe
  • Planet

    Protecting Mother Earth is the precipice for our existence. In order to sustain healthy lives for generations after us, we must take care of our planet today.

    The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind.

    — Gaylord Nelson
  • Profit

    We make products that change the world. We make products that feed the hungry. We help underprivileged children learn to read. We provide power to earthquake-ravaged areas, and we show people how to be self-sufficient while doing so. Our products span a wide range of needs for our planet, and we take pride in being a part of the change we want to see in the world.

Timeline

Timeline

1908

  1. 1908 Briggs & Stratton started
  2. 1909 Igniter Switch
  3. 1910
    • Briggs & Strattonncorporated
    • Steve Briggs’ patent on gas engine igniters
  4. 1912
    • Coil boxes
    • Auto locks & keys
  1. 1917 Rifle grenades for WWI
  2. 1918 Engines for US Navy
  3. 1919
    • Model 5D 1 Hp motor scooter engine
    • S-102 engine
    • Frigerator
    • Motor Wheel acquired from AO Smith
  4. 1919 Briggs & Stratton “flyer” car

1920

  1. 1920
    • First overhead valve (OHV) and first small engine
    • Model P engine introduced
    • Cultivator engine
    • Fruit-gathering engine
    • Engines for water pumps, ice cream freezers, cream separators, milking machines
  2. 1921
    • Model 1B engine
    • Model F engine OHV
  3. 1923
    • Model FC
    • Model FB
  4. 1924
    • Model PB
    • Garden tractors
  1. 1925
    • FH engine
    • Model Q first L-Head engine
  2. 1927
    • Bean picker engines
    • Washing machine engines
    • FG engine
  3. 1928 Briggs & Stratton buys Evinrude Motors
  4. 1929
    • Wind power regulators
    • R-2 engine

1930

  1. 1930
    • Air compressor valves
    • Radi-B power unit
    • Crystal radios
    • Headsets
    • Service Organization started
    • Military and agricultural engines
  2. 1931 Model Y engine
  3. 1932
    • Air saver
    • Tiller engines
  4. 1935 Piston action oil cleaner
  5. 1939 Anti-spark muffler

1940

  1. 1940
    • Anti-spark muffler
    • Model AR marine transmission
    • Model N 2 Hp with piezoelectric ignition
    • Airplane ignition systems
    • Generators
    • Ignition switches
  2. 1942-45
    • Graham transmission
    • Water-cooled war engines
    • Model U engine
  3. 1948
    • Model 14FB cast iron engine
    • Model WI engine for karts

1950

  1. 1950
    • First vertical shaft Aluminum Block Lawnmower engines
    • Chrome-plated piston
    • Vacujet carburetor/Pulsajet carburetor
  2. 1951 Rewind starters
  3. 1952 Model N motor scooter engine
  4. 1953
    • Model 8 engine
    • Model 6BHX First Lightweight Aluminum Engine 2HP
  5. 1954
    • 1.3 Million Engines Built
    • Model 5S engine
  6. 1955 Model 9 engine
  7. 1956 Lo-Tone muffler
  8. 1958
    • Kool Bore Brand
    • Durabore engines/cast iron sleeves

1960

  1. 1960
    • Ice sled engine
    • Sonoduct engines
    • Slinger gear for VS engine
    • First ceramic magnets
    • Oil foam air cleaner
    • aluminum flywheel
    • Dipper for HS engine
  2. 1961
    • E-Z spin starting
    • 2-Legged ignition
    • “Coffee grinder” spring starter
  1. 1965
    • Sno-Gard engines
    • Vacuum automatic choke
    • Right angle drives
  2. 1967
    • Sound lab
    • Grey iron flywheels
  3. 1968 Model 929 engine
  4. 1969
    • First Rubber Magnets
    • Electric Starting
    • First Alternators

1970

  1. 1970
    • Model 14 engine
    • Vertical pull starter
    • Stellite valves
    • Ductile iron crankshafts
    • Super Lo-Tone muffler
    • Dual circuit alternator
    • Syncro Balance engines
  2. 1971 Plastic gas tank
  3. 1972 radio-frequency interference (RFI) suppression
  4. 1970
    • Emissions research
    • started/Emissions bench
  1. 1974
    • Model 25 engine
    • M25 rotating debris screens
  2. 1975
    • First plastic carburetors
    • Mechanical compression release
  3. 1977 Farymann Air-cooled diesel engine
  4. 1978
    • MTS testing machine
    • 2HP – 16HP engines
    • 25,000 Worldwide Service Dealers
    • Opposed twin engine HS
    • Engine Application Center started
    • linear finite element analysis

1980

  1. 1980
    • Gasoline/electric hybrid car with 16 Hp twin engine
    • First pressure lube engine
    • Max engines
    • DU bearings
    • Graphoil head gasket
  2. 1981 Magnetron solid-state ignition
  3. 1982
    • Anti-afterfire solenoids
    • System 2,3,4 Compliance Brake Systems
  4. 1983 Valve stem seals
  1. 1984
    • Spin-on oil filter
    • OHV DBS V-Twin Vanguard engines
  2. 1985 Low-oil sensors
  3. 1986
    • Polymer cam in Quantum engine
    • First computer-aided design (CAD) design engine; Quantum
  4. 1988 Laminated blower housing
  5. 1989
    • Poplar Bluff, MO Facility Opens
    • Diamond Bore Engine 1989

1990

  1. 1990
    • Carburetor Primers
    • Europa, Classic and Sprint engines
    • Quattro engines
    • Diamond I/C
    • Industrial Plus engine
    • Fully-instrumented test cells
    • Non-linear finite element analysis
    • EVA (economic value added) introduced
  2. 1992
    • Model 28 OHV
    • Magnetic finite element analysis
  3. 1993
    • Idle-down for generators
    • Motorsport engines
    • B&S Daihatsu 3-cylinder
    • gasoline and diesel engines
    • Polymer intake manifold
    • Emissions standards set for 1994 and 1999
  4. 1994
    • Magma Mold flow analysis
    • First emissions carburetor
    • Catalyst for international
  5. 1995
    • 4 focused factories opened
    • Interchangeable battery electric mower
    • Briggs & Stratton oil
    • Electronic governor
  1. 1996
    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified engines
    • 2-dimensional computational fluid dynamics
    • Electronic speed limiter
    • Battery electric power head
    • Smart-fill fuel can (R&D Magazine Award)
    • 25 Hp OHV automotive rose engine
  2. 1997
    • Fuel injection system
    • 3-dimensional computational fluid dynamics
    • Briggs & Stratton batteries (Exide)
    • Orchid engine
    • Intek V-Twin Best Pro-Engineer Design award
    • Model 20 OHV engine
    • Vertical shaft intek engines
  3. 1998
    • Variable finite element analysis
    • Vibration finite element analysis
    • Model 31 OHV engines
    • Horizontal shaft intek engines
  4. 1999
    • Start sense oil sensor
    • E-Tek electric motor

2000

  1. 2000
    • Transfer Switch with Cutler-Hammer
    • Emissions from all engines reduced by over 20%
    • 74% reduction of walk-behind mower emissions since 1990
  2. 2001
    • Purchases of Generac Portable Products
    • Touch-N-Mow easy starting system
    • Conjugate heat transfer analysis capability
    • AVS engine
    • ELS engine
  3. 2002
    • Powerlink system
    • First magnesium piston
    • Engine minder
    • Model 21 OHV engine
    • 2 LC Liquid-Cooled engine
    • Fource micro engine
    • Outboard motor
    • 10.6 Million engines Built
    • 770th U.S. Patent granted
    • 32,000 Worldwide Service Dealers
    • Non-linear dynamic impact analysis
  1. 2003 Fresh Start continuous fuel preserver
  2. 2004
    • ReadyStart no prime, no choke system
    • Z-Start easy pull starting system
    • Simplicity Manufacturing purchased
    • Creation of IDN (integrated distributor network)
    • Distribution planning optimization software
  3. 2005
    • Chongqing and Qingpu, China plants open
    • Certain assets of Murray, Inc. acquired
  4. 2006
    • DOV engine
    • Brand revitalized “The Power Within”
    • IntelliGEN/LLC
    • Restructured into Engine, Home, Yard and International
    • Power Product Groups
    • New state-of-the-art parts shipping facility
    • Ostrava, Czech Republic plant opened
  5. 2007
    • 20kW standby generator
    • 20kW air-cooled Standby generator
    • Newbern, TN plant opened
    • Celebrating our first 100 years