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550 to 650 JLG employees being recalled

Fulton Co. numbers unknown

Fulton Co. numbers unknown

July 14, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

MCCONNELLSBURG, PA. -- Between 550 and 650 former employees of JLG Industries Inc. will be called back to work thanks to a $1.05 billion government contract.

JLG, a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corp., had reduced its work force by 45 percent to date, said Ann Stawski, vice president of marketing for Oshkosh in Wisconsin.

JLG spokesman Jeff Ford said Tuesday that most of the employees needed to fill the contract will be recalled to Pennsylvania plants. However, facilities in Ohio, Texas and California could also see an increase in employees.

Ford did not say how many employees will be recalled in Fulton County.

Recalls will begin immediately and continue in phases based on seniority and job description, he said.

The Department of Defense awarded JLG a contract to build a new Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle or MRAP ATV.

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JLG will complement the vehicle manufacturing currently being done at Oshkosh Defense plants in Wisconsin, Ford said in a press release.

Craig Paylor, Oshkosh Corp. executive vice president and president of JLG, said the company is pleased to now have a positive effect in the communities so adversely affected by the economy.

"We're certainly pleased with the additional opportunities for our team members," he said.

The JLG layoffs have contributed heartily to Fulton County's unemployment rate, which stood at 14.8 percent in March. More than 1,000 employees have been let go from the McConnellsburg plant since 2008.

JLG began recovering in April from the decreased demand that has plagued the company since 2008.

The contract awarded Tuesday is the third major defense contract scheduled to be filled at the McConnellsburg plant.

Since the spring, the company has secured more than $1 billion in contracts with the U.S. Army, including a $76.9 million contract to build forklifts and a $33.7 million contract to rebuild army telehandlers, according to company reports.

Stawski said in June that employees were recalled to fill the $76.9 million contract and build 500 All Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS) telehandlers and 300 other rough-terrain forklifts.

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