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JLG's parent company gets fifth U.S. Army contract

Work to be divided between plants in Wisconsin and Fulton Co.

Work to be divided between plants in Wisconsin and Fulton Co.

November 11, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- JLG's parent company announced Wednesday that it received a fifth U.S. Army contract for bomb-resistant military trucks.

The new, $438 million award adds 1,000 M-ATVs to the demand already announced, according to a news release from Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp.

The total contract now exceeds $3.2 billion for 6,219 M-ATVs, the news release stated.

The work has been divided between plants in Wisconsin and Fulton County, Pa. Production will be ramped up to 500 M-ATVs a month at each facility starting in December, corporate officials previously said.

Oshkosh says it is already exceeding delivery requirements, citing October as an example. A news release states that 150 additional M-ATVs were produced beyond the contractual 385.

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JLG corporate spokeswoman Ann Stawski did not immediately return a phone message Wednesday.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was expected to visit the Wisconsin plant today to thank employees making M-ATVs. The vehicles, which are less than 25,000 pounds each, use an independent suspension system for improved mobility.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell announced a $300,000 federal grant in October that was to be used for training in McConnellsburg. JLG has recalled hundreds of laid-off workers thanks to the M-ATVs contracts.

The McConnellsburg manufacturing plant shed 20 percent of its work force between October 2008 and October 2009, company officials previously told The Herald-Mail.

JLG now employs about 1,500 people in Pennsylvania at its McConnellsburg, Shippensburg and Bedford facilities.

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