• Mercury Marine Breaks Ground on a Major Expansion to its Propeller Facility

    New Facility Allows Mercury to Double Production of Stainless Steel Propellers
    FOND DU LAC, Wisc. (May 3, 2019) – Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion and technology has officially broken ground on a new 30,000 square foot addition to its propeller casting facility. When complete, Mercury’s propeller facilities total footprint will encompass 90,000 square feet. The expansion, which was officially announced during an event today, will be at Mercury’s global headquarters in Fond du Lac, will allow the company to almost double its current output for stainless steel propellers.

    In total, Mercury will invest $17 million dollars to expand the propeller facility which increases the company’s overall investment to more than 1.1 billion dollars since 2008.

    “The market growth in high horsepower 4-stroke outboards plus the market reception to Mercury’s new V6 and V8 outboards has driven an unprecedented increase in demand for stainless steel propellers,” said Dirk Bjornstad, Mercury Marine Propellers general manager. “This capital expansion will align the propeller business with our increased growth as well as position the business to gain additional market share with new best in class propeller designs.”

    Mercury remains the global leader in outboard and sterndrive propeller production, both in aluminum and stainless-steel production and product performance, producing more than 400 different propellers for a wide variety of boat applications.

    Rendering of new propeller facility

    “Growing our operations in Fond du Lac not only shows our commitment to our global customers but our commitment to growth in the community,” said Bjornstad. “This expansion will also allow us the opportunity to improve on our best-in-class sustainability at the plant. Mercury consistently sets a new benchmark in energy and water consumption and both of those will be a major focus in our manufacturing processes.”

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    About Mercury Marine
    Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wis., Mercury Marine is a world leading manufacturer of marine propulsion systems. A $3 billion division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), Mercury designs, manufactures and distributes engines, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications, empowering boaters with products that are easy to use, extremely reliable and backed by the most dedicated customer support in the world with 10,000 service points globally. Mercury’s industry-leading brand portfolio includes Mercury outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages; Mercury global parts and accessories including propellers, and SmartCraft electronics; Power Products Integrated Solutions; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood, Garelick and Whale marine parts; Land ’N’ Sea, BLA, Payne’s Marine, Kellogg Marine & Lankhorst Taselaar marine parts distribution; and Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils. More information is available at mercurymarine.com.

    Comments 6 Comments
    1. JohnR's Avatar
      JohnR -
      Didn't they just stop producing some of their popular outboard performance props like the chipper and cleaver???
    1. mjw930's Avatar
      mjw930 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JohnR View Post
      Didn't they just stop producing some of their popular outboard performance props like the chipper and cleaver???
      They stopped producing props that weren’t selling, the exact opposite of the popular designation. What’s popular among a few hundred enthusiasts is much different than how well a product is selling in the larger market.
    1. JohnR's Avatar
      JohnR -
      Well I guess if they're not going to support us it's time to stop supporting them.
    1. half fast's Avatar
      half fast -
      Mercury and mercury racing are strong . The choice to stop production of propellers that are no longer selling was just a sensible decision . I can’t remember the last time anyone ask me to get them one . Hf...
    1. wolfgangb's Avatar
      wolfgangb -
      Looks like they stopped producing ss props for anything less than 200hp!
    1. LetsBoat's Avatar
      LetsBoat -
      But they have the ability to make an over the hub chopper or ET. They could cut one on customer request if they wanted. But used ones are plentiful and cheap. Choppers for the Tower of Power are getting really difficult to find or so I have read.
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