Mercury Marine breaks ground on Wisconsin expansion

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Mercury Marine held groundbreaking ceremonies for two expansion projects at the engine builder’s facility in Fond du Lac, Wis., that will provide increased capacity and capabilities.

The $20 million in expansion projects will add about 38,000 square feet to Mercury’s 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing space in Fond du Lac.

Mercury spokesman Steve Fleming told Trade Only Today in early May that the expansion should help the company gain share in saltwater markets.

“We’re augmenting our ability to create more and larger products with the addition of a new engineering segment,” Fleming said. “We will have larger testing facilities. That’s really going to enable us in product development, particularly in the saltwater market product lineup.”

Work at both sites has begun and is scheduled to be completed by December. New equipment for both projects will be installed by the end of the year, and additional equipment is planned for installation in 2014 and 2015 that will maximize the newly constructed building space.

Mercury’s increased market share and expanded product offerings helped create the need for additional manufacturing space. The projects consist of a 20,000-square-foot addition to Mercury’s Plant 15 machining center to house next-generation horizontal machining equipment and 18,000 additional square feet in Mercury’s Plant 17 casting facility to house high-pressure die-cast machines.

About 90 percent of the project work is being performed by companies in the Fond du Lac area or elsewhere in Wisconsin. Mercury has partnered with Excel Engineering for architectural design and C.D. Smith for construction management.

Mercury employs about 2,900 people in Fond du Lac, up from 1,600 in 2009.

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