Oshkosh Defense Opens New California Training Facility
OSHKOSH, Wis. (Jan. 31, 2011) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), is expanding its training support services in California by opening a larger facility in Temecula, Calif., and moving out of its facility in Oceanside. The new California Regional Logistics Center, scheduled to open in February, is located adjacent to the Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton and will provide vehicle operator and maintenance training to Marines and Navy Seabees.
“We are eager to begin working in the new facility and expand our advanced technologies and vehicle training in support of Marines Corps and Navy operational readiness,” said John Bryant, vice president and general manager of Marine Corps Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “The courses we’ve conducted for Marines and Seabees since we first opened a California facility in 2007 have helped them properly maintain their fleets, ultimately increasing vehicle service life while reducing vehicle downtime and repair-and-replacement costs.”
Oshkosh specialists have trained more than 450 Marines and Seabees since 2007, primarily to support the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) and Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR). Oshkosh training specialists provide custom courses in addition to classes for Oshkosh technologies and vehicles at regional facilities, or on-site at customer locations around the world.
This Oshkosh Product Training Center location is designed with larger classrooms and dedicated training maintenance bays, where even more Marines and Seabees can receive maintenance, operator, advanced electrical and hydraulic, or pre-deployment training to build on the knowledge acquired during initial vehicle maintenance training.
In addition to providing best-in-class training, the 64,000-square-foot California Regional Logistics Center will be staffed by Oshkosh’s factory-trained technicians to provide the company’s full range of sustainment services. This includes vehicle repairs, preventative and corrective maintenance, armor installation, remanufacturing, major component replacement and retrofits, and parts distribution support for the major military bases in the U.S. Southwest.
About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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