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900 layoffs coming for Oshkosh Defense


OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Officials at Oshkosh Defense say they are laying off 900 people this summer.

Company officials cite declining production as the military continues to wind down from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Oshkosh Defense also says military budget cuts as a contributing factor.

Oshkosh Defense makes vehicles for the military.

700 hourly employees will be laid off starting in mid-June, and 200 salaried workers will be laid off by the end of July.

"These were difficult, but necessary decisions," Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Defense John Urias said in a news release. "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."

Oshkosh Defense says it was able to save about 165 jobs by keeping in-house work that traditionally had been done externally.