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Mercury Marine To Halt Production, Lay Off 60

Slow boat sales and the poor economy have forced boat engine maker to cut 60 jobs and temporarily shut down production in Fond du Lac, Wis.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- Boat engine maker Mercury Marine says it will cut 60 jobs and temporarily shut down production in Fond du Lac.

The company has already announced layoffs at other facilities in the U.S.

Spokesman Steve Fleming says slow boat sales and the poor economy have forced the company to cut costs. He says more layoffs could be coming, but he didn't know how many.

Along with the layoffs announced Monday, Mercury Marine will shut down production for three weeks starting Aug. 28. Fleming says a two-week shutdown had been expected but a third week was being added.

He says salaried employees will keep working during the shutdown. Hourly workers will not.

Mercury Marine is a subsidiary of Brunswick Corp., based in Lake Forest, Ill.

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