Oshkosh Corporation, previously Oshkosh Truck, is an American industrial company. It designs and manufactures specialty trucks, military vehicles, truck bodies, airport fire apparatus and access equipment. It was founded in 1917 by William Besserdich, Bernhard Mosling. The headquarter is situated in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. The corporation also owns Pierce Manufacturing, a fire apparatus manufacturer. Based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the company employs 12,000 people around the world. It is organized in four primary business groups: access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.
1917; 100 years ago
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S.
William Besserdich, Bernhard Mosling
Founded in 1917 as the Wisconsin Duplex Auto Company, the company created to manufacture a severe-duty four-wheel-drive truck. After the first prototype manufactured, the company started to develop rapidly. This first four-wheel-drive truck, known today as “Old Betsy”. It still owned by Oshkosh Corporation and housed in one of its assembly plants in Oshkosh. The first mass-manufactured truck was the 2-ton Model A, with seven manufactured in 1918. The 3.5-ton Model B and 5-ton Model F followed. The Model TR, launched in 1933, a diversification for the company and the first rubber tired earthmover ever built.
In 1955, the Model 50-50 launched. It the first truck created specifically for the hauling of concrete. The first ARFF manufactured by Oshkosh a W Series truck delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1953. Oshkosh has also manufactured aircraft tow tractors. In 1968 the company designed and manufactured the U-30, 45 of which built for the U.S. Air Force to tow the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft. Oshkosh awarded the U.S. military’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract on August 25, 2015. The initial JLTV award is valued at $6.75 billion for up to 16,901 vehicles.
Oshkosh Corporation headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It has manufacturing operations in eight U.S. states and in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France and Romania and through investments in joint ventures in Mexico and Brazil. The Access Equipment division is headquartered in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania; the Defense division in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; the Fire & Emergency division in Appleton, Wisconsin; and the Commercial division in Dodge Center, Minnesota. Oshkosh products and services are sold in more than 130 countries around the world.
Oshkosh Corp. manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh, JLG, Pierce, McNeilus, Jerr-Dan, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline Communications, CON-E-CO, London Machinery Inc., and IMT.
Products include JLG and SkyTrak brand telehandlers, wheeled and tracked boom lifts, and other lifting equipment.
- Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV)
- Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck – M977 HEMTT
- LVS (Logistics Vehicle System)
- Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR)
- M-ATV (MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle)
- Palletized Load System (PLS)
Fire and emergency
- Custom chassis
- Wildland fire appliance
- Front loaders
- Rear loaders
- Standard mixers
- Front-discharge mixer
- Truck mounted cranes
- Air compressors
- Portable compactor