Mercury Marine is a division of Illinois-based Brunswick Corp. that makes outboard, sterndrive, inboard and jet-drive engines for boats.

County tax to pay for Mercury loan starts

A 0.5 percent county sales tax takes effect April 1 in Fond du Lac, Wis., passed as a way to fund a loan for Mercury Marine, the county’s largest employer. The county board approved the loan and tax as an incentive to keep Mercury in Fond du Lac and about 2,000 jobs in the state,…more

Tax ‘sunset’ approved for Mercury loan

The Fond du Lac County Board in Wisconsin unanimously approved a “sunset” provision that would set an expiration date on a county sales tax designed to pay for a $50 million loan to Mercury Marine. The tax – a half-percent – begins April 1, according to a news report on WLUK-TV. Board members voted to…more

Mercury Marine given energy grant

Mercury Marine is one of six Wisconsin manufacturers receiving a grant to improve energy efficiency at its facility. Mercury Marine, of Fond du Lac, will receive $270,000 to install three centralized air collection systems for its machining centers. These systems will allow clean, filtered air to be recycled inside the facility rather than treating the…more

Mercury given Wisconsin business award

A special achievement award was given this week to Mercury Marine management, union leaders and local, state and county officials for the work of all involved in keeping Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac, Wis. The award was presented at the Business & Industry Awards Dinner held at Marian University. Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle gave…more

Mercury union angry about compensation decision

The head of the union at Mercury Marine’s Fond du Lac, Wis., facility says hourly workers are upset about a decision that gives salaried workers “variable compensation” – a sum of pay that is similar to profit sharing, he said. “It doesn’t sit good with anybody here,” Mark Zillges, president of the International Association of…more

Wisconsin governor touts Mercury deal in address

In his 2010 State of the State address, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle touted the story of Mercury Marine as a “great example” of creating jobs and investing in Wisconsin businesses. “Mercury management made a commitment to Wisconsin. Union workers approved painful concessions. Community leaders put together a local incentive package,” Doyle said in his remarks.…more

Mercury starts moving work from Oklahoma plant

Mercury Marine recently began moving work from its Stillwater, Okla., facility to Fond du Lac, Wis., now that the county’s agreement for a multimillion-dollar loan to the company has been finalized. Additionally, the estimated 500 laid-off Mercury Marine workers declined to fewer than 100, thanks to buyouts and job call-backs, Brenda Hicks-Sorensen, president of the…more

MerCruiser offers bonuses to retain workers

MerCruiser hourly employees are eligible for incentives to remain on the job as the Stillwater, Okla., plant moves toward closure by the end of 2012. Hourly employees can receive a $2,000 bonus annually if they participate in Program Project Completion, company officials told the Stillwater NewsPress newspaper. The first bonus will be paid in January,…more

Mercury set to receive $20 million loan

Fond du Lac County executives in Wisconsin expect to have a signed agreement in place by the end of the week that would release a $20 million loan to Mercury. The loan is for economic development and job retention in Fond du Lac County, and will mark the first appropriation to the Fond du Lac…more

MerCruiser employee hits the jackpot

A MerCruiser employee in Stillwater, Okla., had a little bit of good luck this weekend, following a year with little good news. Kerry Egner, who said he is the global logistics manager at Mercury, won the $10,000 grand prize in the Jingle Bell Sweepstakes, a local drawing promoted by area businesses, according to the Stillwater…more

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