Auburn Ariens

Danny Sullwold works on a mower at the Ariens plant in Auburn, Nebraska, on Sept. 4, 2014.

AUBURN, Neb. — Ariens Co. told its employees Thursday that a company restructuring plan includes the closing of the Auburn manufacturing plant this fall.

Auburn City Administrator Kim Beger said local officials are working with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the Nebraska Public Power District development team to find a buyer for the facility.

She said the company, which makes lawn care and snowblowing equipment and is based in Brillion, Wisconsin, has offered employees a chance to relocate to Wisconsin. But local officials hope a buyer can be found so the workers do not lose their jobs.

“We are all working very hard together,” Beger said.

Ariens, which is the second-largest employer in Nemaha County, bought the property from Auburn Consolidated Industries in 2007. It has about 120 employees.

Beger said the city is optimistic a buyer can be found.

“We have a huge asset in our employees and our management team, so we are working to get a buyer and keep everybody employed,” Beger said.

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