Mercury set to expand with $10 million Noise, Vibration, Harshness facility
MERCURY Marine has plans to substantially expand its global headquarters in Fond du Lac with the construction of a new NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) facility. The two-story facility’s first chamber and the office space is scheduled to be completed by October 2018, while the second chamber is targeted to be completed by the end of the year.
The $10 million investment will add close to 20,000 additional square feet to the more than 2.5 million square-foot campus. With this latest expansion, Mercury has now invested more than $800 million since 2009 in expansion and R&D.
NVH is the engineering practice of studying noise, vibration and harshness characteristics; these are integral to the boating experience, ensuring the quietest and most peaceful engine for the consumer. The new technical centre will contain two marine-specific hemi-anechoic chambers, structural dynamic testing bays, listening rooms, offices and workspaces.
“One of the many things that sets Mercury apart from the competition is our investment and commitment to ensuring that every engine we manufacture is the quietest and most reliable engine in the world,” said Tim Reid, Mercury Marine vice president of product development and engineering. “This new facility will allow us to continue to support NVH development and allow our engineers to study every noise, movement and performance indicator on every engine that enters the market. In the end, our consumers will benefit from a fantastic experience with their Mercury engine.”
When completed, the two‑story, nearly 20,000 square-foot NVH Technical Center will contain:
- Two marine-specific hemi-anechoic chambers designed to provide a consistent test environment that mimics being out on the open water without any outside noises present;
- Structural dynamic testing bays for the measurement and analysis of the NVH properties of engines, components, and full configurations on boats of up to 45 feet in length and up to 12 feet in beam;
- A listening (playback) room; and
- Offices and workspaces for NVH engineers and technicians.
“We made a commitment to the community and the marine industry in 2009 that we would grow and invest in the company and we have more than exceeded those commitments,” said Reid. “We will continue to delight boaters with world-class engines and continue to invest in the business. This new facility is another example of our commitment to building the most refined and reliable engines in the marine industry.