Monday, August 3, 2009
Call to Action
Thanks to each and every one of you who have supported our efforts to retain and grow the Mercury Marine/Mercruiser manufacturing plant in Stillwater. We are now entering a new phase in our efforts to solidify the long term Mercruiser presence in Stillwater. The incentive packages have been sent and legislation has been passed. Now comes the PR battle. We need to make sure Mercury Marine and Brunswick leadership know how important the Mercruiser plant and Mercury Marine in general, are to Stillwater and Oklahoma. We are sending this email to you because you are part of this community’s leadership and your organizations and companies will be impacted significantly if the Stillwater Mercruiser plant were to close. We need to generate buzz/ excitement about Mercury Marine as a company and as a part of our city. The Mercruiser plant has traditionally had over $100 million dollars of contracts with Oklahoma Suppliers and Logistics companies. Mercury Marine has traditionally invested nearly $10 million a year in capital improvements, as well as over $20 million dollars annually in research and development at the Stillwater plant. Employment levels have been as high as 1200 people. Mercruiser has been an stellar community partner, contributing to local charities and paying significant taxes, all while providing quality jobs. We realize the magnitude of the decision facing the Mercury Marine mamagement team. Mercury Marine must take the steps necessary to face the future as a strong, competitive and economically sound business. It makes business sense for the company to consolidate their production. We need to let Brunswick/Mercury Marine know that Stillwater is the right decision for the future. The company already knows that Corporate Income tax is lower in Oklahoma, utility costs are lower and product distribution networks are better. Mercury Marine and Brunswick need to know that the community wants and needs them- this consolidation will firmly place them in either Stillwater or Fond Du Lac at the expense of the other community. We need to make sure that it is Stillwater . We are calling on you to support our efforts with letters to the editor, letters to corporate leadership and blogging- when you see an article in the newspress get online and write a positive comment about Mercury Marine and Brunswick and about how important they are to Stillwater. Please take just a little time to do these things.