Mercury breaks ground on propeller shop expansion

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Mercury representatives dig the traditional shovel-full.

Mercury representatives dig the traditional shovel-full.

Mercury Marine broke ground on Friday on a 30,000-square-foot addition to its propeller casting facility. When finished, the total propeller facility’s footprint will cover 90,000 square feet. The company says the addition will almost double current output for stainless-steel propellers. Currently, Mercury produces more than 400 different propellers for a variety of boat applications.

In a statement, Mercury said it will invest $17 million into the expansion. That increases the company’s overall investment to its Fond du Lac, Wis., headquarters to more than $1.1 billion since 2008.

The architect’s rendering of what the new facility will look like.

The architect’s rendering of what the new facility will look like.

“The market growth in high-horsepower, 4-stroke outboards plus the market reception to Mercury’s new V6and V8 outboards has driven an unprecedented increase in demand for stainless-steel propellers,” Dirk Bjornstad, Mercury Marine Propellers general manager, said in the statement. “This capital expansion will align the propeller business with our increased growth as well as position the business to gain additional market share with new best-in-class propeller designs.”

Bjornstad continued: “Growing our operations in Fond du Lac not only shows our commitment to our global customers but our commitment to growth in the community. This expansion will allow us the opportunity to improve on our best-in-class sustainability at the plant. Mercury consistently sets a new benchmark in energy and water conservation and both of those will be a major focus in our manufacturing processes.” 

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