FOND DU LAC - With Mercury Marine saying it plans to move hundreds ofmanufacturing jobs to Oklahoma, state and local leaders are tryingto make sure even more jobs won’t be leaving Fond du Lac.
City and county officials met with the company Monday afternoon.During that meeting an incentives package was discussed to keep theroughly 800 salaried jobs at the company's headquarters in Fond duLac. Those are separate from the 850 manufacturing positions.
Those government incentives often include tax credits andworkforce training.
"At this point in time we're not going to discuss the specificsof what is in the package simply because -- I hate to saycompeting, so to speak -- for those headquarter positions withOklahoma,” said Brenda Hicks-Sorensen, president of the Fonddu Lac County Economic Development Corp.
The company has said it plans to announce its decision aboutthose positions sometime around Labor Day.
Local officials say they offered a similar incentives packageto keep the manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin, but say it came downto the union and the company.
“They said they are now looking forward to at theStillwater possibility. We are now looking forward to maintainingthe corporate headquarters. We are certainly focusing on that butwe are not abandoning keeping the manufacturing jobs in Fond duLac,” said Tom Herre, Fond du Lac City Manager.
The incentive package to Mercury Marine is set to go in front ofthe city council and county board later this week.
Union representatives and Mercury Marine officials are scheduledto meet again Tuesday afternoon. That meeting was requested by theunion, but there is no word on the exact nature of that meeting.
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