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1:24 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Wisconsin's Loss-Oklahoma's Gain

Fond Du Lac, Wis. – Wis. governor urges more talks at Mercury Marine

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle says he's disappointed that union workers at Mercury Marine have rejected a package of wage and benefit concessions.

The boat engine maker says that as a result of Sunday's vote, it will move many of its Fond du Lac manufacturing operations to its facility in Oklahoma over the next two to three years.

Doyle is calling on Mercury Marine and the union to keep working to resolve their differences. He says the opportunity to keep hundreds of jobs in Wisconsin still exists. And as long as it does, Doyle says, he'll keep fighting for it. But the governor says he can't do it alone.

Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel says the county must figure out how to at least keep the company's headquarters in Fond du Lac.