In February of 2005, Briggs & Stratton Corp. completed its purchase of the assets of Murray Inc., which manufactured lawn, garden and snow products. Wauwatosa-based Briggs (NYSE: BGG) and Murray reached an agreement for Briggs to buy most of Murray for $125 million. The sale involved the Murray name, equipment, tooling, patents, trademarks and other assets, but not Murray's real estate. As of mid 2006, no one is making Murray lawn moweres, but Briggs & Stratton plans to keep the brand alive, providing replacement parts and warranty support to more than 7,000 Murray dealers in the United States while it looks for a manufacturing partner to make new models in the future. There continues to be spot shortages of replacement parts such as pulleys, handles and cables for self-propelled lawn mowers as Briggs sorts out the assets and operations formerly managed by Murray.
Backup Generator Sizing
Your home appliances consume "wattage" and you must size the generator to your home demand. Watch for certain appliances with electric motors that "surge" wattage demand during startup. Devices such as computers can be damaged by generators without surge-balancing ability. Check with a certified electrician or professional generator installer for any installation that ties into your home wiring or if you have concerns about specific applications. Generators can NOT be run indoors.