Mercury Marine (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) broke ground on a 30,000 sq. ft. addition to its propeller casting facility. When complete, Mercury’s propeller facilities total footprint will encompass 90,000 sq. ft. The expansion, which was officially announced during an event in May, will be at Mercury’s global headquarters in Fond du Lac, and will allow the company to almost double its current output for stainless steel propellers.
In total, Mercury will invest $17 million to expand the propeller facility which increases the company’s overall investment to more than $1.1 billion since 2008.
“The market growth in high-horsepower four-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.”