|Mercury Marine earns fourth “Green Master” designation|
FOND DU LAC, WIS. (Dec. 3, 2014) – Mercury Marine has earned "Green Master" designation from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council for the fourth consecutive year, keeping the Fond du Lac manufacturer in the top 20 percent of the 175 participating companies. Mercury learned of the achievement Wednesday during the 2015 Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council annual conference in Milwaukee.
The Green Masters Program measures and ranks companies on a broad range of sustainability issues, and Mercury ranked exceptionally high in energy and water conservation, waste management, community outreach and education. Mercury Marine scored well above the state average in nearly all of the nine sustainability categories, and scored 479 total points – 37 points higher than in 2013 – out of a possible 592. The program average was 314.
"Applying sustainable manufacturing processes to create the most sustainable products is at the core of our culture at Mercury Marine," said John Pfeifer, president of Mercury. "In every facet of our business – from product design and manufacturing to employee wellness initiatives and community education and support – Mercury is committed to setting and accomplishing significant goals in sustainability."
Strengthening Mercury Marine’s overall score were employee initiatives such as accelerated college degree and internal education programs; individual health improvement projects, including health coaching and at-work weight-reduction support; and community involvement that raised funds for many organizations, including the United Way, Relay for Life, local food drives and troop support activities.
Mercury earned its first Green Master designation in 2011.
"To earn this prestigious and important designation once was an honor," said Kevin Grodzki, Mercury Marine president of global sales and marketing. "To earn this four consecutive years speaks volumes about Mercury’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. Our customers look to Mercury as the leader in the marine industry and we will continue to manufacture the most sustainable products using the most sustainable manufacturing processes."
The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council pointed at Mercury’s recently introduced Enertia ECO Propeller as an illustration of the company’s commitment to environment-friendly products. The ECO prop, specifically designed for high-horsepower outboard-powered vessels, offers boaters a 10-percent increase in fuel economy at cruising speeds while maintaining the performance and reliability standards inherent in all Mercury propellers.
"For the fourth year in a row, Mercury Marine has shown outstanding dedication to sustainability," said Tom Eggert, executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. "Mercury Marine is part of a very small group of Wisconsin companies that consistently score in the top 20 percent in the Green Masters Program."
Additional accomplishments by Mercury in 2014 included:
Responsible Consumption of Energy
Electronic Recycling Event / Office updates
Additional information on the Green Masters Program and a complete list of participants are available at www.greenmastersprogram.com.
About Mercury Marine:
Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Mercury Marine is the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines. A $2 billion division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), Mercury provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications, empowering boaters with products that are easy to use, extremely reliable and backed by the most dedicated customer support in the world. Mercury’s industry-leading brand portfolio includes Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages; MotorGuide trolling motors; Mercury propellers; Mercury inflatable boats; Mercury SmartCraft electronics; Attwood marine parts; Land ‘N Sea marine parts distribution; and Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils. More information is available at mercurymarine.com
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