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OFFERS HYBRID OPPORTUNITY


When a conversion challenge presented itself to Mercury Marine, the metalcaster accepted, ready to take part in something green. JILLIAN KNUERR, ASSISTANT EDITOR


The Fisker Karma is a plug-in, hybrid luxury sports sedan.


Fisker contacted Tremec, Queretaro, Mexico, the company that completes transmission assembly, who then con- tacted its machining house, Pioneer Products, Racine, Wis. “We have never done anything for


Pioneer Products previously, but they know about us,” Olson said. “T ey have toured our facility in Fond du Lac and understand our capability on diffi cult parts.” Pioneer Products approached


Mercury Marine with Fisker’s trans- mission housing plans. “T ey came to us and said a lot of


people are no-quoting, but we think you can do it,” Olson said. “We looked at it and said we would be willing to take a try, so we concepted our tooling plan and quoted it.”


It also helped that the company


was no stranger to converting to die castings, having previously worked through many conversions.


Typically, Mercury Marine stays


away from automotive castings, but this case was diff erent. “We embrace the opportunity


to be on the ground floor with a green initiative program,” Olson said. “We are all about green initiatives at Mercury. In fact, we consider our smelting operation a green initiative because we are using mostly recycled product for our special alloys we smelt.”


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