2009-08-06 / Front Page

Oshkosh Gets Second Order For M-ATVs

No further callbacks planned at JLG
By Lindsay R. Mellott STAFF WRITER

JLG Industries' parent company, Oshkosh Corp., said Friday that it has gotten a second U.S. Department of Defense order to build more armored vehicles for the armed forces.

The $1.06 billion for 1,700 MATVs (mine-resistant ambushprotected all-terrain vehicles) follows a $1.05 billion order from the DOD on June 30 for 2,244 MATVs that will be used by ground forces fighting in Afghanistan.

Oshkosh said in July when it announced the contract award that it would call back 550 to 650 laid-off JLG works at its JLG facilities in Pennsylvania to help build the armored vehicles. MATVs are also being manufactured at Oshkosh's four defense plants in Wisconsin.

The contract extension for the additional M-ATVs calls for a February 2010 delivery. The July order for armored vehicles has a December 2009 delivery deadline. The contract also includes aftermarket parts packages to be supplied by April 2010, along with field service support.

"At Oshkosh, our main focus is to ensure that M-ATVs are waiting in theater for the warfighters when they arrive, rather than having the warfighter wait for the vehicle," said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corp. chairman and chief executive officer. "We are confident in our ability to ramp up production to 1,000 per month in December and this additional order will allow us to sustain that rate of production through February 2010."

Oshkosh spokesperson Ann Stawski said on Monday that the order for additional M-ATVs will not call back any more of JLG's laid-off workers. She said that JLG was still in the process of "on-boarding" the 550 to 650 laidoff workers who were expected to be called back when the DOD's first order was announced. That process, she said, should be completed in four to eight weeks.

Stawski said that Oshkosh Defense and JLG are working "round-the-clock" to meet the DOD's aggressive manufacturing schedule.

Stawski noted that Oshkosh had surpassed its first delivery requirements for 45 M-ATVs in July by providing 46 armored vehicles.

Bohn said, "The target was 45 but we were able to deliver an additional vehicle. It's an absolute testament to the quality and spirit of our customer, our employees and our suppliers who have come together to combine resources and work toward achieving a common mission - to serve our troops in Afghanistan."

The Defense Department has said it urgently needs blast-resistant vehicles that are lighter and agile enough to navigate Afghanistan's harsh terrain. To meet that need, Oshkosh began production of the M-ATVs weeks ahead of officially getting the DOD's first order for armored vehicles.

"We are very pleased to get the additional order," Stawski said.

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