SA Bass - - Lifestyle - >> Anthony Hawk­swell

M er­cury Ma­rine is adding 45,000 square feet to its man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity in Fond du Lac, Wis­con­sin. The global ma­rine propul­sion com­pany is also in­vest­ing in new equip­ment to stream­line its man­u­fac­tur­ing process and is ex­pand­ing its of­fice space by 8,000 square feet. The work will be com­pleted in Jan­uary 2017.

The ex­pan­sion means that Mercury Ma­rine has in­vested more than $730m into ca­pac­ity, tech­nol­ogy and prod­uct devel­op­ment since 2009. It is the sec­ond ma­jor devel­op­ment of the Fond du Lac site in the past year.

“De­mand for our prod­uct in the global mar­ket­place has af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to grow our man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” said Mercury Ma­rine Pres­i­dent John Pfeifer. “This move will al­low us to in­crease pro­duc­tion and ca­pac­ity to en­sure we meet the grow­ing needs of our cus­tomer base.

“In 2009 we made a com­mit­ment to grow our global head­quar­ters in Wis­con­sin and cre­ate new jobs. We con­tinue to do both. We have very ro­bust growth ini­tia­tives planned over the next few years.”

Mercury em­ploys 5,000 peo­ple world­wide, more than half of which work in Fond du Lac.

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