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Mecury Marine hands out bonuses to employees

FOND DU LAC - Mercury Marine almost left Wisconsin a couple years ago -- but now, the firm is doing well enough to reward about 1,200 hourly employees.

Company spokesman Steve Fleming said the maker of outboard motors did well this year, in spite of challenging market conditions. So the firm is showing its appreciation by giving out bonuses during the holidays. Mercury Marine would not say how much they are, but the Fond du Lac Reporter says they're around $1,200. U

nion president Mark Zillges says it's nice gesture, especially after employees gave a lot of concessions in the recent past. Those concessions -- plus state-and-local government assistance -- encouraged Mercury's main plant to stay in Fond du Lac instead of moving to an Oklahoma site which has since closed.