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Mercury Marine Honored by Department of Defense for Extraordinary Support of Employees Who Serve in the Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (March 26, 2015) – – This week, the Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, awarded Tim Pickart, a maintenance supervisor at Mercury Marine, with a Patriot Award. The honor was given in recognition of extraordinary support of one his employees, Katchen Tofil, who serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

The Patriot Award is presented to employers who not only hire Guard and Reserve members, but demonstrate superior support to the military employee and his/her family. The National Guard and Reserve Forces is the cornerstone of our national defense. According to Mike Williams, ESGR chairman, "Tim has provided outstanding support and cooperation and has exhibited a patriotic spirit, which is reflected in the significance of being a recipient of the Patriot Award."

"I feel Tim deserves this award because he supports all the time off that I have needed in order to do my duties for the Navy," said Tofil in her nomination. "The one thing that stands out to me was the time when my mother had a stroke, and Tim made it possible for me to take days off of work on an extremely short notice in order for me to make the time for my mother and then the time to fulfill my Navy requirements."

"I am honored and humbled by this award, said Pickart. "Strong employees like Katchen are what make me enjoy coming to work and allow me to be successful in my role at Mercury Marine. I appreciate her ongoing commitment to our company and to our country. I feel we have a duty to help our military veterans after they've served our country. When we come across a candidate with military background, we know they will have the qualities we look for in a new hire such as character, work ethic and the ability to work in a team."

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens, ESGR will continue to be the informational agency for the employers of citizen warriors. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at, or by calling Chris Campbell of the Wisconsin ESGR Committee, at 608-242-3169

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972. The mission of ESGR is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflicts through informal mediation. ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.

About Mercury Marine

Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wis., 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

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