Mercury Marine downplays talk of move

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Various media reports have discussed a possible move of Mercury Marine’s operations in Fond du Lac, Wis., to Stillwater, Okla. The company currently has facilities in both locations.

So far, however, the coverage has been pure speculation, Mercury spokesman Steve Fleming told Soundings Trade Only.

“Given the unprecedented challenges we confront as an industry, we continue to seek ways to both maintain our market leadership and efficiently operate our business that are in the best long-term interests for all of Mercury Marine and all of its stakeholders,” Fleming said.

Click here for a related report from Journal Sentinel.

Click here for a related report from the Stillwater News Press.

In other news, Mercury announced today it will integrate its MotorGuide business in Tulsa, Okla., into its Attwood Marine Products division in Lowell, Mich.

The move, a result of the continued economic downturn, will allow Mercury to take advantage of the “development and operations synergy” of the much larger plant in Lowell. The plant in Tulsa will be permanently closed, though Attwood will retain a research-and-development center in the Tulsa area.

The closure is unrelated to the media reports regarding the future of Mercury Marine’s sterndrive operations in Stillwater, the company said in a statement.

MotorGuide currently employs 61 people, some of whom could be offered opportunities to relocate to Lowell.

The target date for completion of the move is Oct. 30.


3 comments on “Mercury Marine downplays talk of move

  1. skahlen

    I wouldn’t highlight this article as “downplaying”.  Fleming’s comments, at least for me, confirm the speculation.

  2. Douglas Reimel

    This must be a logistical decision. Everyone else is moveing business out of Michigan. What does big Black know that we don’t

  3. Grand Man

    This is a viable stragety considering their Oklahoma plant is non union, and the has an excellent workforce. The Fond du Lac, Wisc. plan is also very good, but the high wages, and the union control dictates product competiveness in the market. Being in the center of the country would be an advantage in shipping costs vs. Volvo being on the east coast, and other outboards from the north, and inports from Japan .
    What should happen is the company to move as much as possible to Okla., and retain the foundry’s and certain outboard sub-assemblies in Wisc. It would mean more competiveness in the marketplace with better cost control. Have the Wisc. plant focus on markets with specific products enabling it to be “specialized” in particular target markets. Normal production would come form Okla. supplying OEM partners.
    In the end, each plant has opprotunities to succeed, however who can reduce the labor costs, and offer subsidies for employment and future growth.  

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