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Mercury Marine is headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, with additional facilities and operations in hundreds of locations worldwide. Since its launch in 1939, Mercury Marine has constantly supported and built strong ties with the many communities in which we work and live. As we look forward to the next 75 years, we also look back at memorable Mercury products, people and achievements. Additional stories will be posted throughout the year.


Members of the Mathers family (three generations) are working at or retired from Mercury Marine. From left are: Randy Mathers, his father Scott Mathers, and Scott's parents, Ruth and Wayne Mathers. / Patrick Flood/Action Reporter Media

THE A'MERC'N FAMILY: Generations of employees bring kinship to FDL company

Written by Sharon Roznik, Action Reporter Media

Generations of families have worked within the walls of the mile-long factory located prominently along Highway 41 in Fond du Lac.

From employees on factory assembly lines to machinists to high-level executives, for decades Mercury Marine has provided a local livelihood as the largest manufacturer of marine propulsion engines in the world.

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Engine Hanger

Steve Utecht, an assembly worker, works on a three-litre 250 Pro XS engine on the assembly line at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac. Mercury Marine won 2013 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Grand Award in a black tie event Thursday at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. / Patrick Flood/Action Reporter Media file photo

Mercury Marine, Alliance Laundry, Masters Gallery win Manufacturer of the Year awards

Written by Laurie Ritger, Action Reporter Media

Three area companies are being honored with Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year awards.

Mercury Marine of Fond du Lac is the recipient of the Grand Award in the mega-employer category; Alliance Laundry Systems of Ripon received the Investing Locally, Growing Globally Award; and Masters Gallery Foods of Plymouth received the Grand Award in the large employer category.

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Engine Hanger

Sue and Karl Ziebert with a metal stand Karl found in the woods where Carl Kiekhaefer used to hang competitors' engines and melt them during parties on The Ledge behind Mercury Marine's racing plant in the town of Taycheedah. / Patrick Flood/Action Reporter Media

Tales of Mercury founder's engine-burning parties still alive on The Ledge

Written by Sharon Roznik, Action Reporter Media

Legendary stories have followed the name Carl Kiekhaefer through the annals of Fond du Lac history.

The founder of the Mercury Marine empire walked like a giant during his reign and is described in a variety of ways: extraordinary, paranoid, competitive, obsessive, proud, ruthless and passionate.

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Corium Farm Dairy

Delores Mielke of rural Campbellsport displays a milk bottle from the Corium Farm Dairy, which was located where Mercury Marine stands today. She lived there in the late 1940's when the late Carl Kiekhaefer purchased the property. / Patrick Flood/Action Reporter Media

MERC AT 75: Father of Campbellsport woman was one of the 1st Fond du Lac employees

Written by Sharon Roznik, Action Reporter Media

Delores Mielke believes her father may have been among the first employees hired by Mercury Marine founder Carl Kiekhaefer to work at his new Fond du Lac plant.

Now 80 years old, as a young girl the rural Campbellsport woman lived at the Corium Farm Dairy on the southwest side of Fond du Lac when Kiekhaefer purchased the property for his modern engine manufacturing plant in 1946.

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The Mercury Legacy

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"It's a miracle what can be built from a dream with nothing but two hands, an honest heart and ambition."
- E. "Carl" Kiekhaefer

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