Merco Inc., doing business as Merco Marine, was established in 1979 as a small part time business started by Jon and Jim Meriwether, father and son. The original focus of Merco back in 1979 was sales of paint, hot tubs, the very first model Jet Ski introduced, and a few other items. It wasn’t until 1993 when Merco’s true mission was developed.
“To produce quality dock products at a reasonable price with on time and courteous service utilizing U.S. employees.” -Merco’s Mission
When Merco was started, we decided that there were several principles that the business would adhere to: all taxes and bills would be paid on time, we would be honest, knowledgeable and courteous with our customers, and we would run our business honestly and would treat our employees fairly and share our business success with them. Because of these principles that we have adhered to, Merco Marine has been more than successful.
On April 24, 2018 Merco Marine was purchased by two of its former employees Scott Gallagher and Daniel Otto. The two have worked for Merco since 2004. Scott specializes in sales and technical consulting and Dan specializes in design and cnc programming. The former owners Jon and Jim have both retired but due to their relationship with the company and its employees they continue to stay close by and stop in very frequently. The new owners have made every effort possible to make as little change as possible. Merco Marine will continue to operate under the same principals as stated above and go above and beyond to uphold our legendary name in the marine industry.
Merco’s product catalog is updated each year. We print 60,000 catalogs and send them out to each person or business that has placed an order or requested a catalog from us within the past 4 years. We are constantly adding or changing products, adding pictures of a few of the previous year’s projects.
Merco has received awards for employment from the West Virginia Department of Employment. The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services has named Merco outstanding employer of the year. (Merco has its fasteners bagged by the Sheltered Workshop in Wellsburg, WV.) The Brooke County Commisioners and the Brooke County Sheriffs Department. A governor's commedation from the former governor of West Virginia for international market entry. Merco also receives many thank you letters each year from customers that mean a great deal to us.
Our web site has been a great success. There is a wealth of information available online on our web site. Customers can view products, place orders, request catalogs, download catalogs, learn about flotation, view photo galleries, download credit applications, and much more. The web site gets many thousands of hits a month.
Unlike many of our competitors, we are the manufacturer. Our manufacturing plant and production methods are constantly being updated. We have many automated machines now in use in our production plant for efficient cost and effective production. We have a High Definition computer controlled plasma table which we use to make tabs, deck plates, and special or demo parts. We make over 35,000 ½” tabs that you see on single “T” male and female parts as well as outside corner males and females every year.
Merco Marine is very proud of all of our projects but some just stick out to us more than others. This is especially the case for any local projects like our latest local project in Pittsburgh, PA South Side Marina. South Side Marina has been in the works for several years now. We began manufacturing this marina last winter and it was finished early summer of 2015. The marina features a floating 2 story building which serves as marina offices, shower and bath facilities, and a meeting room with vending machines. The marina itself is manufactured using our high strength truss and wood system found on page 53. There are a total of 133 slips currently and they have plans to expand in 2016.
The Landing at Station Square in Pittsburgh, PA is a 42-slip marina built in 2005 to act as a boat landing for patrons of the restaurants and attractions at Station Square. The entire marina was built in our plant and shipped in sections by truck to Pittsburgh. The frame is our galvanized steel truss frame system. The main walkways are 8’ wide and the fingers are 4’ x 20’. The marina is held in place with nineteen 12” diameter pilings. The slips are 26’-6” wide allowing for 12’ wide boats side to side. The overall area of the marina is about 38,000 square feet. The total length and width of the marina is 347’ x 103’.
Merco after Hours
Merco sponsors a 5-liter hydroplane called “Miss Merco Marine”. The owner/driver/builder/designer John Jenkins lives in Kingston, Ohio. John rebuilds vintage race boats full time. Jon and Jeanette Meriwether, the former vice president and secretary of Merco Marine, crew for John during the summers on weekends.
Last Updated on Tuesday, July 24, 2018