The $9 million project provides needed space for capacity increases, allowing Mercury Marine to make complex blocks, driveshafts and gearcases for its outboards. The area includes large tonnage diecasting equipment with cutting-edge technologies designed to improve quality and better throughput for engines, especially the V8 and V6 product lines.
Mercury Marine also added another 4,500-ton die-cast machine, giving the Fond du Lac company two of the largest of its kind in North America.
Each of the cells being installed in the facility will be fully automated with three or four robots in each diecasting cell. The robots will complete metal pouring, die lube spraying, liner insertion and part extraction. The cells will include automated sawing and part marking that will allow traceability throughout the supply chain.
Since 2008, Mercury has invested more than $1.14 billion in expansion and R&D work locally.