OSHKOSH - Being neighbors, O'Marro's Public House sees its share of customers from Oshkosh Corp.
"We get the first shift, second shift," said Shawn O'Marro, the owner. "We do really well during the week. They come in and its not the same groups all the time. We have a lot of people coming through."
When O'Marro heard of the layoffs, he quickly thought what the impact might be to his business.
"It definitely changes the scheme of things and the fact that people who don't know if they're getting laid off are going to be worried so they might stop coming out," said O'Marro.
"Over the past several years when the economy was on the downtown and other sectors of the economy, Oshkosh Truck had been propping everybody up," said John Casper, the president of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce.
Casper says the community's labor force is 25% manufacturing. He says the average pay for those jobs is $56,000 a year. He says losing 900 of those salaries types will be felt throughout the Fox Valley.
"It just becomes tighter for folks where they retrench and spend more on necessity kinds of things," said Casper.
Casper says earlier this year a job fair was held for a different round of Oshkosh Corp. layoffs. He hopes that happens this time as well.
"You know we hear from employers that they're looking for people, that they're hiring, trying to hire skill sets that they can't find right now," said Casper.
Businesses like O'Marro's hope the jobs are there. Their bottom line depends on it.
"You know as they're moving on or scaling down, we see it," said O'Marro.
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