Oshkosh announced today that its win in the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle competition will mean a significant boost in its employee count.
“Oshkosh is hiring between 300 and 500 employees for its defense facilities in Wisconsin and recalling 550 to 650 JLG employees, primarily in Pennsylvania for JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company,” a company announcement says.
The Pentagon on June 30 awarded Oshkosh a nearly $1.1 billion contract for 2,244 of the vehicles, intended for Afghanistan. However, a senior program official has said the military intends to increase the contract by the end of July to include the 3,000 more vehicles needed to meet its total requirement of 5,244 trucks.
All of the vehicles are expected to be complete by March 2010.
In today's statement, the company said the 300 to 500 new hires “will work in Oshkosh, WI, where there are four defense production facilities. The 550 to 650 JLG employee callbacks will be at JLG facilities primarily in Pennsylvania.”