Mercury Marine bids farewell to engineering chief

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Mercury Marine Vice President of Research and Development Claus Bruestle, who led the company in developing a supercharged production model outboard engine, will leave Mercury next month to return to Germany, the company said in a press release Wednesday.

Bruestle arrived at Mercury five years ago after heading up high-performance engine development for Porsche. After he returns to his homeland next month, he will become head of engineering for a major automotive engine supplier in southern Germany.

“I hate to leave,” Bruestle said. “I truly loved this job and wanted to retire from here. That was my plan. But changes in my family circumstances demand that I return to Germany.”

“Under Claus’ leadership, Mercury’s research and development department was reorganized, while working to complete the most important overhaul of Mercury’s outboard product lineup in the company’s history,” said Patrick Mackey, Mercury Marine president. “Within five years, Claus has established Mercury R&D as a competitive advantage, and left a strong platform for future growth.”

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