Mercury Marine opened the 23,500-square-foot expansion to its die-casting facility in Fond du Lac, Wis. The $9 million investment provides space for capacity increases, allowing the company to make complex blocks, driveshafts and gear cases for Mercury outboards. The addition will be filled with large-tonnage die-casting equipment, including a 4,500-ton machine, that will drive higher quality and better throughput to keep up with increased engine demand.

Each of the cells being installed will be fully automated with three or four robots in each die-casting cell. The robots will complete metal pouring, die lube spraying, liner insertion and part extraction. The cells will include automated sawing and part marking, which will allow traceability throughout the supply chain.