Oshkosh Defense, a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation, will invest $155 million to establish operations at Flatwood Industrial Park in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The company plans to create more than 1,000 new jobs.
Oshkosh Defense’s new operations will support the United States Postal Service Next Generation Delivery Vehicle program. The company will manufacture zero-emission battery electric vehicles and fuel-efficient low-emission internal combustion engine vehicles that will replace USPS’ existing fleet of delivery vehicles.Production of the NGDVs is expected to begin summer 2023.
“We’re proud to bring this historic undertaking to Spartanburg County. South Carolina has a skilled workforce and a proven history in advanced automotive manufacturing, it’s the perfect place to produce the NGDV. More importantly, we know the people of the Upstate take pride in their work and their community. What we build together here will reach every home in the country,” Oshkosh Corporation Executive Vice President and Oshkosh Defense President John Bryant said.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project. Spartanburg County was also awarded a $9 million Set-Aside grant to assist with costs related to the project.
“The automotive industry continues to be at the forefront of our state’s economy and our manufacturing sector. When companies like Oshkosh Defense choose to locate here, it not only creates opportunities for South Carolinians, but also reinforces our reputation as an automotive powerhouse which Team S.C. has worked so hard to cultivate,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
Founded in 1917, Oshkosh Defense is a tactical vehicle manufacturer that specializes in designing and manufacturing a diverse portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected vehicles and technologies for clients around the globe.
“South Carolina’s Upstate has a global reputation as a high-tech automotive manufacturing powerhouse, and the Oshkosh Defense investment shows our region is also a leader in domestic logistics initiatives. Oshkosh Defense's Next Generation Vehicle Delivery Program is another example of the Upstate’s role in the future of mobility innovation,” Upstate SC Alliance President and CEO John Lummus noted.