OSHKOSH – Oshkosh Corporation
announced Thursday it will be eliminating 760 jobs in its
Defense segment starting in July with the majority being
temporary employees and those retiring. Once the layoffs are
complete, Oshkosh Defense will employ about 1,850 people in
Oshkosh, according to the announcement.
Of those 760 positions, 700 are hourly and 60 are salaried.
“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, in a
statement. “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.”
As part of the process, Oshkosh Corporation will reach out
county and state workforce development agencies and local
employers to help those affected by the layoffs with the
transition, according to the company. Oshkosh Corp. also plans
to hold job fairs with local and state-wide employers.
“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,” Urias said.
In the future, Oshkosh Defense will continue to leverage its
broad product offerings and design with engineering expertise in
order to pursue opportunities in the United States and abroad.
Oshkosh Defense builds high-quality trucks, trailers and
components and provides aftermarket service and training for its
military customers around the clock and around the world.
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.