OSHKOSH, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced today that its Defense segment plans to reduce its workforce in Oshkosh by approximately 700 hourly positions starting in June 2014. In addition, approximately 60 salaried positions will be eliminated starting in July with the vast majority being temporary employees and those retiring. After the layoffs, Oshkosh Defense will employ approximately 1,850 employees in Oshkosh.
“We need to reshape our workforce with U.S. defense spending down as a result of tight government budgets and a return to peacetime operations,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “We have gone to great lengths to minimize and delay the impact of the reduced spending on our Defense workforce. We explored and implemented a range of alternatives from not filling open positions to bringing in outside contracted work as promised in earlier discussions with the UAW, which represents our production employees, as well as continuing to pursue relevant international opportunities.”
Oshkosh plans to reach out to county and state workforce development agencies and local employers to help those affected in the layoffs make the transition to other employment if they so desire. The Company also plans to hold job fairs with local and state-wide employers.
Urias went on to say, “We stand very committed to our customer, as well as our employees, and will be diligent in our actions to be aligned with the current defense business environment. We will continue to employ a strong workforce ready to fulfill all contractual requirements and new potential opportunities, such as the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program.”
Oshkosh Defense will continue to leverage its broad product offerings and exceptional design and engineering expertise to pursue new opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad. The Company will continue to build high-quality trucks, trailers and components, and provide aftermarket service and training for our military customers around the clock and around the world.
Oshkosh is a strong Company positioned to successfully execute its MOVE strategy, to continue to grow its businesses and to serve and delight its customers.
About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax® unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.
To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at www.oshkoshdefense.com.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation had sales of nearly $7.7 billion in fiscal 2013 and is ranked in the top 400 on Fortune Magazine’s list of the 500 largest U.S. publicly traded companies. Oshkosh manufactures in eight U.S. states and seven countries with sales in 130 countries.
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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