Mercury to consolidate in Fond du Lac

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Union workers have agreed to accept the labor agreement they rejected Aug. 23 and, as a result, Mercury Marine will begin to consolidate manufacturing work in Fond du Lac this year, Mercury confirmed in a release Monday night.

No vote count was released, but officials of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said the two-day voting that ended Friday resulted in ratification.

Consolidation of work in Fond du Lac will include transition of work from the company’s Stillwater, Okla., facilities over the next 18-24 months, Mercury said.

“After weeks of intense discussions and completion of the voting process, we accept the union’s ratification of our contract proposal,” Mark Schwabero, president of Mercury Marine, said in the release. “As we’ve stated throughout this important process, comprehensive changes to wages, benefits and operational flexibility are necessary for Mercury to effectively compete in a smaller and fundamentally changed marketplace.”

Schwabero said the company will develop and execute a transition plan that balances the needs of employees, the communities and Mercury Marine’s future.

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