Nobody was injured during a fire at a Mercury Marine plant in Fond Du Lac, WI.
The Fond du Lac fire department got the call to the scene shortly after 8 p.m. October 18.
Crews said heavy smoke was visible in the lab. The fire suppression system activated, helping crews quickly put out the fire.
Officials said the fire was contained to an oven.
Crews were on scene for around 90 minutes. There were no reported injuries and all employees evacuated safely.
This past January, Mercury Marine christened a new $24 million facility to expand its production capacity, marking the company’s fifth expansion project in Fond du Lac since 2009.
This 49,000-square-foot electro-deposition paint (EDP) expansion project doubles Mercury’s capacity to coat engine components in corrosion-resistant chemicals. The company has been upgrading operations in recent years to capitalize on growth in demand for four-stroke engines and growth in saltwater markets.
Since 2009, Mercury has spent about $730 million on research and development and capital investments, including its main foundry, die-casting, machining and assembly operations. Meanwhile, the company is working on a new aluminum machining operation across Pioneer Road, and a new assembly line operation at its Fond du Lac campus.