Mercury/MerCruiser

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

Mercury Marine employees hold food drive

Employees at Mercury Marine’s facilities in Fond du Lac, Wis., raised more than $10,000 in food and monetary donations for the Fondy Food Pantry during the marine engine manufacturer’s June 6-9 “Fill the Boat” food drive. The drive was the first “quality of life” quarterly event Mercury Marine has held as part of the company’s…more

Mercury Marine would benefit from energy-discount bill

A bill that provides special discounts for manufacturers on their power rates is raising questions in Wisconsin about whether small businesses and homeowners would have to pay more so certain factories can pay less. Republican lawmakers are considering the discounts as a tool to help Wisconsin’s economy grow, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The bill…more

Wisconsin school set to cut technician program

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

Former Mercury Marine managers lose lawsuit

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 adds jobs in Wisconsin

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 not affected by supply shortages from Japan

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 sets time for Miami seminar

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

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Mercury unveils new sterndrive engine

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

Mercury Marine in charter-school talks

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

Tax will pay for Mercury loans in Wisconsin

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

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