For the second time in just more than a decade, Auburn is losing one of its largest employers.
Ariens Company, which makes commercial lawnmowers, announced late Thursday that it will close its manufacturing plant in the city about 75 miles southeast of Lincoln.
The Wisconsin-based company said it is consolidating its manufacturing operations to its main plant in Brillion, Wisconsin.
The Auburn plant will close by Oct. 15, leaving 193 employees out of a job.
“This was a difficult decision, knowing the Auburn employee base and the Auburn community, but it just doesn’t make economic sense to keep this plant running in light of the significant productivity improvements that have been made elsewhere in the company,” Larry Weyers, president of Ariens Power Equipment, said in a news release.
Weyers said the Auburn plant had been making products the plant in Wisconsin didn't have the ability to make. But recent production capacity improvements at that plant made it unnecessary to have the second plant in Auburn, he said.
Ariens said employees in Auburn will receive a severance package based on their years of service, and they also can apply for open jobs at the plant in Wisconsin.
Ariens bought and reopened the former Auburn Consolidated Industries plant in November 2007 after it closed.