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Wisconsin engine maker to pay bonuses to 1,200 workers

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- Just in time for the holidays, Mercury Marine Inc. will pay a one-time bonus Friday to about 1,200 of its hourly workers in Fond du Lac.

Company spokesman Steve Fleming says the outboard-engine maker performed well this year despite challenging market conditions. He says Mercury is using the bonuses to show its appreciation to its employees.

The company wouldn't say how much the bonuses will be. But The Reporter newspaper in Fond du Lac says the amount is reportedly about $1,200.

Mark Zillges is the president of Local 1947 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He says the bonuses are a nice gesture, particularly after employees gave up a lot of concessions in recent years. He says it's a step in the right direction.

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