Mercury/MerCruiser

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

Mercury responds to critical report

Mercury Marine responded to criticism from the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future, a non-profit public policy group, over its business practices. The IWF, which on its Web site claims to be a “non-partisan statewide organization dedicated to tax policy research, community organizing and education policy,” issued a public report criticizing Mercury Marine for supposedly pressuring workers…more

Mercury could see effects of Harley cuts

Cutbacks at Harley-Davidson Motor Company could affect Mercury Marine. According to a local report, because Mercury Marine does casting work for the Milwaukee-based motorcycle builder, and as many as 80 to 100 Wisconsin jobs could be affected by the changes. Click here for the full story. However, Mercury’s decision to consolidate manufacturing operations from Stillwater,…more

Mercury asks court to throw out bonus claims

Mercury Marine, in court documents, denies all allegations that it failed to pay bonuses that were promised to about 100 managers if they achieved significant cost savings across the company. It is asking the court to dismiss all claims against it “with prejudice” and award Mercury Marine costs and fees allowed by law and any…more

Big-block Mercury available in January

Mercury MerCruiser’s newly developed big-block engine will be available early next year, the company announced today. The 8.2-liter gas engine, which replaces the 8.1-liter model, will be available in sterndrive and inboard configurations. The catalyst version will be available Jan. 1, while the non-catalyst model is scheduled for release in mid-2010. The engine produces more power and has better midrange…more

Mercury leaders meet with Oklahoma employees

Mercury Marine executives were in Stillwater, Okla., earlier this week to explain its recent decision to consolidate manufacturing operations in Fond du Lac, Wis. The executives listened to employee questions and comments regarding the changes and the move, according to Mercury spokesman Steve Fleming. He said the executive team included Mark Schwabero, president; Kevin Grodzki,…more

Lawsuit alleges Mercury failed to pay bonuses

Mercury Marine is being sued for allegedly failing to pay bonuses that were promised to about 100 managers if they achieved significant cost savings across the company. The suit was originally filed last month in Wisconsin’s Fond du Lac County Circuit Court by Henry Hegel, a Mercury manager who lives in North Carolina. The company…more

Mercury will give back Oklahoma tax incentive

Mercury Marine announced it will return more than $1 million in tax credits it received from the State of Oklahoma as an incentive to keep operations in Stillwater. The company will be shifting operations from Stillwater to Fond du Lac, Wis., in the next 18 to 24 months following the union’s acceptance of Mercury’s contract…more

Mercury offers engine-upgrade promotion

Mercury Marine launched a retail promotion encouraging boat owners to upgrade with more fuel-efficient outboard engines and the latest control technology. Under the “Trade Up America – Mercury Repower Sales Event,” qualified Mercury engines sold in the United States from Sept. 3 through Oct. 31 are eligible for consumer rebates. Rebate amounts range from $300…more

Mercury offered $50 million loan for Wisconsin operations

More than $50 million in government loans and other aid was offered to Mercury Marine to maintain and expand its operations in Fond du Lac, Wis., according to reports. The announcement follows the union’s vote last Friday to accept the company’s contract proposal, which would allow it to stay in Wisconsin, rather than move production…more

Mercury commits to Wisconsin following union vote

Now that the Mercury Marine union has approved a contract, the company says it will consolidate manufacturing in Fond du Lac, Wis., and will transition work from its Stillwater, Okla., facility in the next 18 to 24 months. The company and union both announced last Friday that a labor agreement had been reached. It was…more

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