U.S.-Based Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer Opens Plant in China

Oct. 25, 2010
Facility will produce access equipment for China and other Asian markets.

Oshkosh Corp., an Oshkosh, Wis.-based manufacturer of specialty vehicles and access equipment, recently opened a new manufacturing plant in Tianjin, China.

The facility will produce access equipment for Oshkosh subsidiary JLG Industries Inc. for China and other Asian markets.

"The completion of the Tianjin facility gives Oshkosh Corp. and JLG, our access equipment business and the world leader in aerial access equipment, a strategic advantage to better serve our Asian customers," said Charles Szews, Oshkosh Corp. president and chief operating officer. "It allows us to quickly respond to customer requirements in this very important market."

Construction on the Tianjin plant was completed this past spring. Since then, JLG gradually has introduced additional product models into the plant for local fabrication and assembly, according to the company.

"With the Tianjin plant, we have brought together the most advanced manufacturing processes to continue our long, proud tradition of building the best access equipment in the world," said Szews. "Producing in the region will allow rapid product delivery to customers, and complement our other manufacturing locations."

Oshkosh Has Been in China Since 1982

Oshkosh first entered the Chinese market in 1982, when it began supplying aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles. In 2002, the company opened a JLG sales office in Hong Kong, followed in 2006 with an Oshkosh corporate office in Beijing.

In 2008, Oshkosh opened an additional corporate office in Shanghai, primarily dedicated to sourcing parts and components for the manufacturing of Oshkosh and JLG products.

In addition to China, Oshkosh has manufacturing operations in nine countries, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Romania and the United States. Sales and service centers are located throughout the world.

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