MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, or 29 percent of the group's workforce, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.
About 700 hourly positions will be cut beginning in June, and 60 salaried positions will be eliminated starting in July, the Wisconsin-based company said. Oshkosh Defense will be left with about 1,850 employees.
The overall company has about 12,000 employees worldwide.
"We need to reshape our workforce with U.S. defense spending down as a result of tight government budgets and a return to peacetime operations," said John Urias, the executive vice president of Oshkosh Corp. and president of Oshkosh Defense.
Urias said the company plans to contact county and state workforce-development agencies and local companies to help the affected employees find other jobs.
Shares of Oshkosh Corp. fell $1.80, or 3 percent, to close Thursday at $57.28. Shares have traded in a 52-week range of $33.88 to $60.45.
The Obama administration is ending combat operations in Afghanistan on Dec. 31 and has begun withdrawing troops, although it would like to leave up to 10,000 troops to continue training Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorism missions.
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