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Governor to thank Mercury for staying

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle will be in Fond du Lac this morning to thank the community, Mercury Marine and the company's employees for working together and keeping Mercury Marine in Wisconsin.

He will meet with company and community leaders at Mercury's headquarters.

"Mercury Marine is a great Wisconsin company and a source of pride for the state," Doyle said in a statement. "Its 70-year history is an important part of Wisconsin's manufacturing tradition, and I want to thank everyone who helped ensure Mercury's long-term presence in Wisconsin."

Mercury president Mark Schwabero will be on hand Friday for the governor's comments.

"Governor Doyle was instrumental in the process of developing agreements that enabled Mercury to remain in Wisconsin," Schwabero said in a statement. "Like many companies, Mercury has faced many difficult challenges during the economic downturn and the governor's insight, strength and commitment helped create solutions necessary for Mercury to continue operating in Wisconsin."

In September, union employees at the Fond du Lac plant approved concessions that would allow the company to remain in Wisconsin. Without those concessions, Mercury officials had said they would close the Wisconsin plant and move operations to the company's Stillwater, Okla. facility.

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