Photo Credit: MORFA Pictured left to right: Sara Wright (C.D. Smith), Alex Fiebig (Excel Engineering), Tom Schermerhorn (Excel Engineering), Chris Drees (Mercury Marine), Stuart Halley (Mercury Racing), Dave Kahlow (Mercury Racing) and David Hahn (Mercury Marine).
Mercury Racing, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC), held a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 13, for its manufacturing operations plant expansion to help meet global customer demand for the company’s high-performance marine propulsion systems.
The two-phase construction project will add 40,000 square feet of manufacturing operations space to the southwest corner of the existing Fond du Lac, Wis. facility and expand the current Propeller Shop by 8,000 square feet on the north side of the building.
“Racing is an integral part of the Mercury brand, our market strategy and our long-range business plans,” said Chris Drees, Mercury Marine president. “This facility expansion gives us room to grow, bolsters our ability to meet the demand for innovative new products and demonstrates our continued commitment to the Fond du Lac community.”
The expansion follows several recent innovations and successful product launches for Mercury Racing including the 300R outboard, featuring an exclusive Advanced Mid Section (AMS), and the 200 APX and 360 APX circuit racing engines. Racing also formed a partnership with the E1 Competition Racing Series. E1 is based in Europe and developing a battery electric powered hydro foiling vessel, of which Mercury Racing is the official propulsion and propeller partner.
“As our business continues to grow and our line of luxury sport products expands, this project meets our need for more space to develop new technology and innovations that excel in high performance, competition and beyond,” said Stuart Halley, general manager for Racing.
In addition to the Mercury Racing line of products, the company’s manufacturing plant is home to the long block and gearcase assembly for Mercury Marine’s 600hp V12 Verado engine. Construction of the manufacturing operations space is expected to be finished by April 2023 with the Propeller Shop completed by October 2023.