Mercury Marine adds jobs at Wisconsin plant

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Mercury Marine is hiring 170 people at its Wisconsin plant as it boosts production because of high demand for the company’s most popular outboards.

A variety of jobs are available. Many have a starting wage of $14.90 an hour.

"We're really excited to be adding over 170 people to our organization here in Fond du Lac, primarily on our second, third and what we call sixth shift, which is our three-day weekend shift, and it's really in the area of machining, die-cast assembly and in our skilled trades positions," human resources director Denise Devereaux told WBAY-TV in Green Bay.

Devereaux said a round of job fairs started two weeks ago. Eighty-four of the 170 positions have been filled. Mercury’s goal is to have all of the hiring completed by the first of the year.

Devereaux said the newly hired workers are starting immediately to keep up with a surge in production that caught the company off-guard.

"The marine industry has improved slightly, but it's primarily driven by the product problems that we have going on in place that are really ramping up in 2013, as well as the popularity of our new 150-horsepower, four-stroke engine that we put in the marketplace last year," Devereaux said.

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