OSHKOSH - It's a milestone for one of the military's most dependable vehicles. And it's good news for Oshkosh Defense.
The company's FMTV, a vehicle known for its military flexibility, is proving Oshkosh Defense is an industry leader.
"This vehicle is the backbone of transportation for the U.S. military. It moves all our troops around, protects our troops and moves all our supplies around," said Col. William Boruff, project manager, transportation systems for the U.S. Army.
The 10,000th truck in the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles - known as FMTVs - rolled off the assembly line in Oshkosh more than six months ahead of schedule.
"The government needed us to produce faster, so it just puts a little bit more stress into the picture, but we've got the right people and the right systems to handle that," said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense.
But the FMTV is not just important to the military; it also has a big impact on the local economy. Oshkosh Corporation employs more than 2,000 people in the area. One third of the suppliers for the FMTV program are from Wisconsin.
"They're an employer that pays good wages and is a good corporate citizen. So having that kind of company here at our core is absolutely critical to us and for them to have a contract like this is very important to them and very important to us as a city," said Oshkosh Mayor Burk Tower.
The company has orders for more than 30,000 of the FMTVs, all destined to support the war effort both at home and abroad.
"They're keeping up that pace and that's good because then we can go and get them out to the war fighter," said Boruff.
The company expects to roll 800 trucks off the line this month alone. Delivery of the next 10,000 FMTVs could happen in less than two years. Oshkosh Defense says it also has plans to begin selling the FMTVs to other countries.
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