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Oshkosh Announces Layoffs In Defense Segment

Posted on April 10, 2014

Oshkosh Corp. announced that is Defense segment will reduce its workforce in Oshkosh, Wis., 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, the company said. After the layoffs, Oshkosh Defense will employ approximately 1850 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 Corp. 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.”