Months after announcing massive layoffs at Oshkosh Defense, the Oshkosh Corporation says they’re building a large new factory in Mexico. The the company insists it will not be at the expense of its U.S. employees.
Spokesman John Daggett said the plant is needed to keep up with equipment demands since the end of the Great Recession. “The best way for us to deal with this would be to make a manufactuing facility in Mexico that would serve as a supplier to the company, primarilty of fabricated components.”
Daggett said the Defense division, based in Oshkosh, is just one-quarter of the company’s profile. The nearly $80 million plant in Leon, Mexico will employ 1,000 people, and will make components for things like garbage trucks, concrete mixers, and construction aerial lifts.