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Oshkosh Corporation announces fewer layoffs than expected

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - The Oshkosh Corporation says fewer employees will be laid off than expected.

The firm said a few weeks ago that 700 military vehicle makers would be let go on June 14th, due mainly to a scaling back of U.S. operations in Afghanistan.

Tuesday, Oshkosh said the actual layoffs are down to 535. That’s because dozens of people have found other jobs or took early retirements.

The Oshkosh Corporation will hold a job fair exclusively for the defense division employees who are leaving on Thursday. Fourteen area companies will be on hand – and they have over 540 job openings, mostly in manufacturing.

After the layoffs, Oshkosh will still have 2,800 defense division employees with a total statewide workforce of 5,500.

Production of military vehicles will have dropped by 30 percent.