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Layoffs at Oshkosh Defense

Layoffs at Oshkosh Defense

The hundreds of workers losing their jobs at Oshkosh Corp. could get some retraining from an area technical college.

Patti Jorgensen is vice president of student and community development at Fox Valley Technical College. She says the college gives priority consideration for classes, career workshops and other programs to workers who have been laid off.

Oshkosh Corp. announced Tuesday that it would lay off 900 workers this summer because of a continuing decline in military vehicle orders.

Jorgensen told the Oshkosh Northwestern for a story Thursday that when Ohio-based NewPage closed its Kimberly mill and laid off 600 workers in 2008, the college was among those offering job retraining help.

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Defense contractor Oshkosh Corp. plans to lay off 900 people this summer as military vehicle orders decline.

The Oshkosh-based company says it will begin laying off 700 hourly employees in mid-June, with 200 salaried employees to be laid off by the end of July.

Company leaders say production is declining as the military continues to wind down from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Oshkosh executive vice president and president of defense John Urias says while other business segments of Oshkosh and many U.S. companies were enduring layoffs during the recession, Oshkosh Defense was hiring employees. But Urias says circumstances have now changed.

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

 

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