Oshkosh Corp. broke ground on Nov. 18 for a new manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China. The new facility will produce JLG access equipment specifically for the Asian market.
"Today's groundbreaking is confirmation of our investment in the future, and a significant opportunity for our customers, as well as the company. This facility will be the first ever China-based manufacturing facility for Oshkosh Corp.," said Robert G. Bohn, CEO.
Oshkosh has been offering product and service support to China since 1982, when the company started supplying Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARRF) vehicles. JLG, a manufacturer and marketer of access equipment, opened a China sales office in 2002. In March of 2008, Oshkosh opened its Shanghai corporate office largely devoted to the sourcing of parts and components for the manufacturing of Oshkosh and JLG products.
A variety of Oshkosh products are in use through busiest airports. Tow trucks, mobile communications vehicles and aerial platforms and access equipment have been sold in many areas of China. The massive COSCO shipyard, located in Dalian, China uses JLG access equipment product.
As part of its on-going social out-reach program in China, Oshkosh also donated two JLG telehandlers to help local officials in the rebuilding in Wenchuan County, which was tragically impacted by the major earthquake that occurred on May 12 in Sichuan Province.
Oshkosh, which manufactures a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies, currently manufactures in 11 countries and has additional service operations in 16 countries.