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Oshkosh layoffs won't affect Fulton County

April 10, 2013

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — Oshkosh Corp. layoffs announced this week will not affect the Wisconsin-based manufacturer’s JLG plant in Fulton County, Pa., a corporate spokesman said Wednesday.

Oshkosh Corp.’s defense division plans to reduce its workforce by 900 positions, according to a news release.

Spokesman John Daggett said those layoffs will affect employees in Wisconsin, not Pennsylvania. The corporation cited decreased demand for military vehicles as the reason for layoffs continuing into the summer.

The McConnellsburg plant had been producing M-ATV mine-resistant vehicles for the wars, but that production has ceased, Daggett said. Instead, the plant is focusing on access equipment such as scissor lifts and aerial work platforms, he said.

“I’m sure as the (economic) recovery continues, that has a positive impact,” he said.

As of August 2012, JLG employed about 2,000 people between its manufacturing plant in McConnellsburg and office facility in Hagerstown.

JLG is Fulton County’s largest employer.

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