80th anniversary for engine manufacturer

Mercury Marine is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019 Mercury Marine is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019
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Mercury Marine is celebrating its 80th anniversary throughout 2019 with events around the world.

In 1939, E. Carl Kiekhaefer bought a bankrupt engine manufacturing plant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Now, Mercury Marine has 7,000 global employees.

“Mercury has come a long way over the past eight decades through hard work and dedication of everyone who has been a part of our journey,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president. “2018 was a great year for Mercury, but I’m looking forward to what 2019 has in store for our company.

“We have a lot to look forward to and a lot of growth planned around the world. Being able to do that whilst celebrating 80 years of success is great for all of us.”


Since 2008, Mercury has invested more than $1 billion into the expansion of research, development and manufacturing capabilities to develop its largest engine platform yet.

In total, 19 new four-stroke outboard engines were announced last year covering the 175-300hp range in both V6 and V8.

“We would like to congratulate Mercury on its 80th anniversary and we are looking forward to joining in the celebrations as we go through the year at Southampton Boat Show and other events in the UK,” added Ben Allen, general manager of the marine leisure division at UK distributor Barrus.

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