Officials: Oshkosh Corp. $6.7B military contract will have ripple effect across the state

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OSHKOSH — Leaders in Oshkosh say a lucrative military contract will have a ripple effect across Wisconsin.

Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports executives with Oshkosh Corp. along with state and local officials Wednesday, August 26th hailed a $6.7 billion Army contract awarded to build the Humvee’s replacement.

The award means Wisconsin-based Oshkosh will produce about 17,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for the Army and Marines. Options for further contracts could push the total value to around $30 billion.

Oshkosh Corporation CEO Charlie Szews says the contract means business for “hundreds” of Wisconsin companies that supply the defense contractor.

Mayor Steve Cummings said the award would help attract young talent as the company seeks to hire workers such as engineers.

Oshkosh Defense beat out Maryland-based Lockheed Martin and Indiana-based AM General for the contract.

2 comments

  • Todd

    Hopefully those overpaid UAW workers will build them better than the HET’s they slapped together in 2010-2011. Really, holes through the axle housings and you still put them on just for the numbers….

  • Fred

    Hopefully this contract will help the economic growth of the state. Try keeping the manufacturing within the USA instead of outsourcing. What better way to build the economy and not have to depend on the foreign market. Todd, I agree, quality is an issue, but it’s an issue from all sources. I still say “buy American” when possible.

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