Mercury Marine broke ground this week on a new facility dedicated solely to noise, vibration and harshness, or NVH, at its Fond du Lac, Wis., campus.
The expansion — Mercury’s third in less than two years — will be dedicated for a technical center that will contain two marine-specific hemi-anechoic chambers — which are designed to provide a consistent test environment that mimics being out on the open water without any outside noises present — structural dynamic testing bays, listening and playback rooms, offices and workspaces.
NVH — the engineering practice of studying noise, vibration and harshness characteristics — will help engineers continue making engines quieter, the company said.
“One of the many things that sets Mercury apart from the competition is our investment and commitment to ensuring that every engine we manufacture is the quietest and most reliable engine in the world,” said Tim Reid, Mercury Marine vice president of product development and engineering, in a statement.
The two-story NVH facility’s first chamber will be completed in October and the second chamber will be finished by the end of the year.
“This new facility will allow us to continue to support NVH development and allow our engineers to study every noise, movement and performance indicator on every engine that enters the market,” Reid said. “In the end, our consumers will benefit from a fantastic experience with their Mercury engine.”
The $10 million investment will add almost 20,000 additional square feet to the more than 2.5-million-square-foot campus.
With this latest expansion, Mercury has now invested more than $800 million since 2009 in expansion and research and development, with most of the work again being outsourced to Wisconsin-based companies.
The new facility will be Mercury’s third major expansion in the last 18 months.
In early 2017, Mercury officially opened its new $24 million EDP paint plant and in April 2017, Mercury commissioned a 4,500-ton high-pressure die-cast machine, the largest in North America.
“We made a commitment to the community and the marine industry in 2009 that we would grow and invest in the company and we have more than exceeded those commitments,” said Reid. “We will continue to delight boaters with world-class engines and continue to invest in the business. This new facility is another example of our commitment to building the most refined and reliable engines in the marine industry.”