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INDUSTRY NEWS


Study Highlights Mercury Marine’s Economic Impact on Community A study commissioned by the


Fond du Lac (Wisconsin) Economic Development Council and Impact DataSource concluded that Mercury Marine continues to have a strong economic effect on its community. According to the study, Mercury is


still one of the top employers in the state of Wisconsin, now employing 3,200 people at its global headquarters in Fond du Lac. Mercury’s employ- ment in June 2017 is more than double what it was in 2009. Te study said Mercury has a total


job impact of almost 10,000 jobs in the Fond du Lac community, meaning that every job at Mercury creates more than two jobs in the area. Mercury’s total economic impact in Fond du Lac, per the study, is close to $4 billion. Te new study also shows that Mercury’s impact on retail activity in the region has also increased 37% since 2009, accounting for more than $186 million in retail sales in the community. “We always knew how valuable


Mercury was to our community, but seeing the numbers from this new study is just amazing,” said Steve Jenkins, president, Fond du Lac Eco- nomic Development Council. “One company has close to a $4 billion economic impact on our community. Tat’s incredible. In 2009, Mercury made a commitment to grow and I’d say they have more than lived up to their commitments.” Since 2009, Mercury has invested


more than $800 million in R&D and expansion to its global headquarters; more than 80% of the work completed during that growth was done with Wisconsin-based companies. In addi- tion, Mercury has invested more than $600 million on supplies, services and materials from 2014-2016. In January, Mercury Marine of-


ficially opened its new 49,000-square- foot electro-deposition paint (EDP) primer system expansion. Ten in April, Mercury Marine officially an- nounced the commissioning of the


largest high-pressure diecasting machine in North America. “We are excited about the future


of our company and the growth of the Fond du Lac community,” said John Pfeifer, president, Mercury Marine. “Our commitment to this community was not just to expand our manufacturing capacity, but to build for the future. Te more we can impact growth in the communities in which we work, the higher qual- ity of life our employees will have outside of work.”


Mercury Marine, which in January opened its new 49,000-square-foot electro-deposition paint (EDP) primer system expansion, continues to have a positive economic impact on its community.


MetalTek’s Wisconsin Centrifugal Division Reaches 2 Million Hours Without Lost-Time Incident


MetalTek International announced


its Wisconsin Centrifugal Division (Waukesha, Wisconsin) has surpassed 2 million man hours worked without a lost time incident. Tis safety record at MetalTek’s Waukesha site has extended well over two years. In a news release, the company said:


“Tis safety milestone is a direct result of each MetalTek employee’s personal dedi- cation to safety awareness and practices. Tis achievement reflects the solid safety


program at Wisconsin Centrifugal sup- ported by a behavior-based safety culture, management commitment to continuous safety training, inspection and monitor- ing activities, and an enhanced incident review process.” “Safety is front of mind every day. We


start every meeting with a Safety Mo- ment. We dissect all incidents, even those that do not result in an injury,” said Eric Skibo, general manager, Wisconsin Cen- trifugal. “Our safety culture is based on


the tenet that all incidents are prevent- able and we empower our people to be responsible for the safety of themselves and their teammates. We are proud of our record in a hazardous environment, but are also always on our guard to prevent the next incident.” MetalTek International is a supplier of alloy components for high-temperature, severe-wear, harsh-corrosive environments, and high-compliance industries.


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