Bombardier Recreation Products cut the ribbon on a $15 million renovation of its Evinrude outboard engine facility in Sturtevant, Wis.
Last year BRP announced the investment to consolidate Evinrude outboard engine development and operations from Waukegan, Ill., according to the (Racine) Journal Times.
The Evinrude campus now employs 465 people, including all 137 employees transferred from Waukegan. It houses aluminum machining, final engine assembly, research and development, engineering, sales and marketing, customer service, after-sales support and procurement.
Gov. Scott Walker was among the dignitaries attending Tuesday’s ceremony to unveil the project, which included a $1 million forgivable Wisconsin Development Fund loan to help buy equipment and as much as $300,000 in real estate rebates from a Village of Sturtevant tax increment district.
The BRP facility designs and makes Evinrude outboard engines ranging from 15 to 300 horsepower and Evinrude’s submersible military multifuel engines.
In February 2011, BRP announced the expansion to expand and upgrade the plant that was built in 1997 and purchased by BRP in 2001. The consolidation was designed, in part, to cut costs and make operations more efficient by consolidating departments at one site.
Most of the upgrade was spent on research and development equipment and 6,000 additional square feet of R&D space, officials said.
The Sturtevant campus, consisting of 472,000 square feet on 65 acres, is now world headquarters for the Evinrude brand and will be the main showcase for worldwide Evinrude activities.