LAC — Mercury Marine plans to add a 45,000-square-foot
expansion at its Fond du Lac headquarters, solidifying its
presence just a few years after considering a move.
additional space will allow the facility to house a new
"state-of-the-art" electro-deposition paint
coding systems that help marine engines and drive systems
operate effectively by adding anti-corrosive chemicals.
The 18-month expansion project will double Mercury
Marine's capacity, company president John Pfeifer told The
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will improve overall flexibility and it will improve the
work environment dramatically for our employees," he
said. "It's going to be a win-win for everybody
involved, including the community we work with to make
these projects happen."
expansion is expected to wrap up early next year and the
new system should be fully operational by the end of 2016.
all of the construction work will be contracted through
Wisconsin-based businesses, according to Mercury Marine
company's expansion in Fond du Lac is indicative of its
commitment to the area, said state Sen. Rick Gudex.
Marine considered leaving Fond du Lac due to a lower
demand for boats following the 2008 recession, but it
agreed to stay after meeting with local and state
legislators, who created incentive packages for the
certainly glad we have partnered back in that time frame
with Mercury Marine, and we're certainly glad that
decisions were made back then that brought us to where we
are here today," Gudex said.
company has since invested more than $580 million in the
local operation, said Pfeifer, adding that the expansion
eventually will mean more jobs.
time, it will certainly create new jobs as we continue to
grow the company and we're putting in new capacity, so
we'll need more people to produce more products," he
Marine employs 2,800 workers in Fond du Lac and 5,000