Mercury Marine employees celebrate safety milestone

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Employees in Mercury Marine’s Juarez, Mexico, facility celebrated the milestone of one million work hours without a lost-time incident, the company said in a press release. The facility, which manufactures wire harnesses, has reached the safety record for four consecutive years.

To recognize the accomplishment, Patrick Mackey, Mercury Marine president, and Dustan McCoy, chairman and chief executive officer of Brunswick Corporation, parent company of Mercury Marine, presented the facility with the Brunswick Chairman’s Gold Safety Award. Additional Mercury Marine executives were on site to help celebrate the achievement.

“I am incredibly proud of this workforce,” Mackey said. “Their quest for excellence is apparent in every aspect of this facility’s operation – from their world-class safety record to the outstanding quality of their products.”

In conjunction with this award, Brunswick Corporation will donate $10,000 on behalf of the Juarez employees to a charitable organization of their choice. The facility has chosen to donate its award to Fondo Unido, an organization similar to the United Way.

To date, Juarez facility employees have achieved more than 1.75 million hours without a lost-time incident. It is forecasted that they will reach 2 million hours with no lost-time incidents in the third week of November 2007.

The Juarez facility has been a part of Mercury Marine for 28 years and employs 800 people. The facility’s operations supply wire harnesses built into almost every Mercury outboard and MerCruiser engine. The plant also accommodates a growing list of external wire harness customers, including Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, US Marine, HarrisKayot, Rinker, Life Fitness exercise equipment and Mototron electronics.

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