Oshkosh Corp. to lay off 900 people

CREATED Apr. 9, 2013

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  • An Oshkosh Corporation-developed military vehicle. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

OSHKOSH - A major defense contractor in Wisconsin says it's laying off 900 workers.

Oskhosh Corporation said on its web site that it's reducing its staff by 200 salaried positions through July and 700 hourly positions beginning in mid-June.

The company stated that it expects to make fewer military vehicles at its factories.

“These were difficult, but necessary decisions,” said John Urias,Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of defense in a statement.

“When other business segments of Oshkosh and many companies in the U.S. were enduring layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs during the Great Recession, Oshkosh Defense was hiring employees and retaining jobs which ended up helping many people manage through that difficult period. However, circumstances have now changed.”