Oshkosh Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial vehicles and equipment, will expand production of military all-terrain vehicles for the U.S. armed services at its facilities in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and its JLG Industries subsidiary in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania. The company says it will hire between 300 and 500 new employees in Wisconsin and recall between 550 and 650 laid-off workers in Pennsylvania, with the possibility of additional hires at JLG facilities in Ohio, Texas, and California. The expansion follows an order from the U.S. Army for 2,244 MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles, with a combined value of $1.05 billion. "We are using the combined resources of Oshkosh Corporation to ensure that our brave warfighters will have highly mobile, durable, and survivable vehicles waiting for them when they arrive in Afghanistan," says Robert G. Bohn, chair and CEO of Oskhosk Corp. "Adding new employees to our Oshkosh Defense employment base and calling back skilled JLG employees at our underutilized JLG facilities will maximize our manufacturing operations and accelerate our M-ATV delivery schedule." Hiring and production at both facilities are expected to begin immediately.
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