OSHKOSH (WKOW) -- The Oshkosh Corporation announced they will be reducing their workforce this summer.
The company says their defense segment plans to cut approximately 700 hourly positions in Oshkosh beginning in June. Along with those layoffs, another 60 salaried positions will be eliminated starting in July, however, the vast majority are temporary employees and those retiring. After the layoffs, Oshkosh Defense will employ more than 1800 employees in Oshkosh.
Oshkosh Corporation's executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense, John Urias, stated: "We need to reshape our workforce with U.S. defense spending down as a result of tight government budgets and a return to peacetime operations." Urias went on to say, "We have gone to great lengths to minimize and delay the impact of the reduced spending on our Defense workforce."
Oshkosh plans to reach out to the county and state workforce development agencies, as well as local employers, to help those in the layoffs make an easier transition if they desire. The company also plans to hold job fairs with local and state-wide employers.
Urias says they company will continue to employ a strong workforce ready to fulfill all contractual requirements and new potential opportunities.
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