Mercury Marine said it opened its new 49,000-square-foot electro-deposition paint primer system expansion.
The company said the addition, for which ground was broken in mid-2015, will double its processing capabilities.
“This new and expanded process enforces our ability to make a better product for our customers, who expect extreme reliability in their Mercury engines,” Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer said in a statement. “This expansion will improve our flexibility, quality and improve the environment. It also reinforces our commitment to growth in Fond du Lac.”
Mercury said that since 2009 it has put more than $730 million into capital investments and research and development. The company said projects such as these support growth and its commitment to provide the most advanced products, and to increase manufacturing capacity within its Fond du Lac, Wis., facilities.
Close to 90 percent of work done on the EDP expansion involves Fond du Lac- or Wisconsin-based companies such as TTX, CD Smith and Excel Engineering, Mercury said.
“The EDP paint expansion is a critical element to our long-term capacity plan, as more than 95 percent of all parts go through the EDP system,” Pfeifer said.
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Of the expansion, Mercury also said:
- It is equipped with 50 tons of steel, 40-plus miles of wire and double the parts capacity of the previous machine
- The new EDP machine has its own wastewater and reverse-osmosis water system, a major ergonomic improvement for the operators
- The new facility has eight hoists capable of lifting three tons, almost a mile of maintenance catwalks and seven insulated stainless steel 10,000-gallon processing tanks (19 tanks total).