A two-year engine research and development technician program at Wisconsin’s Moraine Park Technical College is on the chopping block. Wisconsin companies such as Briggs & Stratton, Harley-Davidson, Kohler and Mercury Marine develop some of the best engines in the world, instructor Tom Denow told the Fond du Lac Reporter newspaper, and these businesses count on…more
Mercury Marine is a division of Illinois-based Brunswick Corp. that makes outboard, sterndrive, inboard and jet-drive engines for boats.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by six ex-Mercury Marine managers who said the company unlawfully withheld bonuses promised in 2008 for cutting costs. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach found that the Cost Reduction Incentive Program offered to 100 managers was trumped by a clause that allowed it to be canceled at any time,…more
Mercury Marine announced it will hire about 150 manufacturing and distribution employees in Fond du Lac, Wis. The positions are in departments that include assembly, machining, die-cast, trim and warehousing, Gannett Wisconsin Media reported. The jobs are available because of increased engine orders; a transfer of work from Mercury’s sterndrive plant in Stillwater, Okla., to…more
Mercury Marine said it is positioned to continue to meet market demand for most of its outboard and sterndrive engines despite potential supply shortages resulting from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Mercury’s small outboards (2.5- to 30-hp) are produced in Japan through a joint venture with Tohatsu Corp. The joint venture facilities in Japan…more
Mercury Marine is presenting a session titled “Demystifying Marine Catalysts” at next week’s Miami International Boat Show. The session is set for 10 a.m. Friday in Room A201 of the Miami Beach Convention Center. It is designed to explain the basics of catalyzed engines and their effect on the marine industry. The session will focus…more
Designed to power everything from runabouts to express cruisers to houseboats, Mercury Marine’s new 4.3-liter MPI ECT (Multi-Port Injection, Emissions Control Technology) completes its fleet of catalyzed sterndrive engines, the company said. The 220-hp V-6 meets EPA and California Air Resources Board emissions regulations. “MerCruiser is committed to the gasoline market by providing … engines…more
The school district in Fond du Lac, Wis., is exploring a charter school proposal that partners the district with Mercury Marine. With grant funding available, the project-based charter school would create a learning environment for 100 students in grades 3 to 5, district superintendent James Sebert said. The curriculum would be based on science, technology,…more
A half-cent county sales tax – imposed this year for the first time in Fond du Lac (Wis.) County history – is generating enough funds to pay back loans for Mercury Marine and to hold off new county debt. The tax was implemented after the county provided a $50 million economic assistance loan to Mercury…more
Mercury Marine was named favorite outboard manufacturer and favorite sterndrive manufacturer by Trailer Boats magazine readers in the inaugural Readers Choice Awards. “We take pride in building the most enjoyable and reliable engines on the market,” said Kevin Grodzki, president of Mercury sales, marketing and commercial operations, in a statement. “This award is extra-special because…more
Mercury Marine is finding pockets of sales strength overseas, including Asia and South America. Parent company Brunswick Corp. is reporting increased sales and production in recent months, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. About 38 percent of Mercury’s sales now come from outside the United States. Click here for the full report.