Drees Named President of Mercury Marine
Brunswick Corporation has promoted Christopher Drees, president – marine parts and accessories, to president – Mercury Marine.Drees succeeds John Pfeifer, who has chosen to leave Brunswick to pursue opportunities outside the company. Drees will report to Brunswick Chief Executive Officer David M. Foulkes. The appointment is effective immediately.Drees joined Mercury Marine in 1998, and during his first eight years held a variety of positions within the company, including roles in purchasing, sales and marketing, and as general manager of the Mercury propeller business.
Mercury Marine Mourns Loss of Charlie Strang
Mercury Marine is saddened by the death of Charles “Charlie” Strang who served as Carl Kiekhaefer’s top engineer for 13 years at Mercury Marine. After leaving Mercury, he served as Director of Outboard Marine Engineering (OMC) and later CEO and Chairman of the Board. Strang, 96, was also known as the creator of the sterndrive engine, sketching the first sterndrive in 1948 while attending MIT. Strang’s mother, Ann, is responsible for the famous Mercury Phantom Black engine color. Strang was a very popular figure in both the marine and NASCAR industries.
Brunswick Launches Aluminum RHIB Line
At the first day of the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans, La., Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) introduced an 8.5-meter aluminum RHIB. A first of its kind for the Company, the 850 Aluminum Impact RHIB is the introductory model from a line-up that features five variants ranging in size from 7.5-meters to 12-meters. Designed for the commercial and government marketplace, BCGP will market the new line-up to domestic law enforcement agencies as well as militaries worldwide.
Mercury Marine Appoints Bass to Head EMEA Operations
Mercury Marine announced that Marty Bass has been appointed President - EMEA Mercury Marine, effective immediately. Bass, who previously was vice president of Mercury's product category management group based at Mercury headquarters in Fond du Lac, succeeds Mike Shedivy, who has lead EMEA – Mercury Marine since 2013. Shedivy will join Life Fitness, another unit of Brunswick Corporation, as its vice president - global commercial category management and product development. Bass joined Mercury Marine in 2006 and holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois…
Mercury Marine Technician Certification Program Launched
Universal Technical Institute, a provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, is launching the first Mercury Marine technician career training certification program at its Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) campus in Orlando. Marine Technician Specialist program students now can pursue and achieve provisional certification as factory-certified technicians for Mercury Marine outboard products.
Mercury Marine Opens Training Center in Brazil
Mercury Marine, a manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines, has opened a new million-dollar training center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, designed to offer a learning environment for Mercury Marine dealer and service center technicians. The new 5,300-square-foot (500 square meters) facility is equipped with electronic diagnostic tools, computers and processes that highlight the company’s commitment to the environment. The new training center can accommodate 16 students at a time and will host approximately 20 classes per year.
Mercury Marine Names Dauchy Chief Marketing Officer
Mercury Marine announced the addition of Michelle Dauchy as Chief Marketing Officer. Dauchy has nearly two decades of global marketing experience with S.C. Johnson, managing brands and P&Ls in more than 15 business segments across 80 countries. She has experience using consumer insights to deliver strong brand and product innovation to the global marketplace. Prior to S.C Johnson, Dauchy held senior leadership positions with Bankers Trust Company and Chemical Bank in New York.
Mercury Marine Plant Earns Safety Honors
Mercury Marine's Suzhou, China plant recently received the Brunswick Corporation Chairman's Safety Award for excellence in safety and employee engagement. Mercury Marine Suzhou plant manager Eric Liu and safety officer Lawrence Liu received the award from Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer during the plant’s 10th anniversary celebration. As part of the safety recognition, Mercury Marine Suzhou was awarded $10,000 for charity donation. The team decided that half of the donation…
Mercury Marine Receives Brunswick Safety Award
Mercury Marine's Juarez, Mexico, plant recently received the Brunswick Corporation Chairman's Safety Award for excellence in safety and employee engagement. The presentation held on Friday June 4 in Juarez, featured Brunswick Corporation CEO Dustin McCoy, Brunswick Corporation COO Mark Schwabero, Mercury Marine V.P. of Global Operations Chris Drees and other executives at the company. In conjunction with this award, Brunswick will donate $10,000 on behalf of Juarez employees to a charitable organization of their choice. The workers chose to make the donation to Centro Humano de Liderazgo, A.C.
Mercury Marine Begins HQ Expansion
Mercury Marine will add a 45,000 square foot expansion to its electro-deposition paint (EDP) system that will double its current processing capabilities. The current project will be complete by January 2016 and the new system will be operational by Q4, 2016. “We are developing a new state of the art coating system that gives our engines superior corrosion and warranty protection,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president. “This process enforces our ability to make a better product for our customers who expect extreme reliability in their Mercury engines.
Brunswick Promotes Foulkes to Chief Technology Officer
Brunswick Corporation today announced that effective immediately, David M. Foulkes, has been promoted to the new position of chief technology officer, reporting in this additional capacity to Brunswick President and Chief Operating Officer Mark D. Schwabero. Foulkes also will retain his current responsibilities as vice president - product development, engineering and racing for Mercury Marine, Brunswick's largest operating segment. In that capacity, Foulkes will continue to report to John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine.
Mercury Marine Introduces New Repower Promotion
Mercury Marine has launched a new repower promotion that includes the 9.9hp ProKicker, 15hp ProKicker and 30hp and above outboards, including popular FourStroke and OptiMax engines. Consumers who purchase a qualified engine from a participating dealership now through March 31, 2014, will receive a rebate of up to $1,500. Boaters considering repowering with a reliable and efficient Mercury outboard can get more details about the Mercury Repower Sellathon promotion from their participating dealership. mercurymarine.com
Springfield Marine Appoints Walker
Springfield Marine Company appointed Bill Walker as Upper Midwest Regional Sales Manager. With more than 15 years experience in the marine industry, Smith joins the company from Sierra International, where he served as Assistant Product Manager. Prior to that Walker held a Business Development Manager role with Mercury Marine. Smith will be responsible for growing sales with Marine OEM and Aftermarket customers, as well as the RV segment, for the full line of Springfield products…
NMMA Hall of Fame Inducts Ralph Meloon
Son of Correct Craft Founder to be Honored During IBEX 2013 Industry Breakfast. Ralph Meloon of Correct Craft will receive the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) highest honor when inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame. Meloon’s career achievements and contributions to the recreational boating industry will be recognized during the 23rd annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) at the show’s annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, September 17 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
MerCruiser Big Block
Mercury MerCruiser has developed the next generation of big-block marine power – a new engine that produces more power and has better mid-range acceleration, lower emissions and superior fuel efficiency. Mercury MerCruiser engineers in Stillwater, Okla. – drawing on the expertise of the development teams at Mercury Racing – conceived, designed and engineered the new engine with support from Mercury engineers in Fond du Lac, Wis. The next-generation, naturally aspirated big block features high-performance aluminum cylinder heads that improve mid-range acceleration and increase power.
Brunswick Reports Q1 Results
-- Total net sales of $844.4 million, up 15 percent versus 2009. -- A net loss of $13.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, which includes $0.08 per diluted share of restructuring and impairment charges and $0.02 per diluted share of benefits from special tax items. -- Operating earnings of $10.1 million, a $137.6 million improvement from prior year. -- Cash totaled $552.4 million, up from 2009 year-end balance of $526.6 million. -- Low beginning-of-year marine dealer inventories led to increased production and wholesale shipments.