Mercury Marine announced today that it will open a centralised, purpose-built, distribution center to support its industry leading parts and accessories business. The new 512,000 square foot facility will be located near Indianapolis, Indiana, a strategic location that will improve delivery and service to Mercury’s global customers while adding much needed capacity for scale, stability, and reduced logistics costs. Mercury’s current distribution facility at its global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, will be repurposed to support its award-winning propulsion systems, further allowing the company to increase capacity and production capabilities.
“In order for us to continue to meet the needs of our global customers, we identified an opportunity to create a centralised distribution center that will have an immediate impact on our customers and our business,” said Chris Drees, Mercury Marine president. “This new facility bolsters our ability to deliver products in a centralised location which will benefit all our channel partners. Our current distribution facility in Fond du Lac will be converted into additional manufacturing space, used to meet record demand for Mercury propulsion systems.”
Employees currently working at Mercury’s distribution facility will be provided additional opportunities within the company. This new distribution center will also allow the Land ‘N’ Sea facilities to expand its offering to adjacent customers.
The anticipated opening of the new distribution facility is scheduled for October 2022. The building is also being designed for LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) Silver certification. Part of the design to achieve this certification is a portion of the roof mounted solar array that will be installed on the Southwest corner of the facility.
Additionally, Mercury has announced three new expansions to its Fond du Lac campus to meet record demand from its global customers. Mercury will make two additions to its foundry and one to its machining facility, adding 100,000 square feet to its global headquarters. With these additions, Mercury will now have three million square feet of manufacturing in Fond du Lac. Since 2009, Mercury has now invested more than $1.7B in capacity and expansion growing to now more than 4,000 employees in Fond du Lac.
“As demand for all our products continues to grow around the world, so does our need to grow our manufacturing, distribution, and production capabilities,” said Drees. “Expanding these facilities in Wisconsin and the opening of the new distribution center in Indiana will immediately give us the opportunity to meet the growing needs of our global channel partners.”