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1910s Two inventors destined to make a difference Driven to meet demand 1920s Power and traction rule as the 500th truck rolls off the line 1930s New models make hauling less hassle Where the rubber moves the road Oshkosh begins providing vehicles to military 1940s Oshkosh develops and delivers W-Series snow removal trucks to U.S. Military 1950s The WT-2206 snow removal truck paves the way for growth Delivering the first Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) for the U.S. Coast Guard Oshkosh manufactures its 5,000th truck Model 50-50 and 45-55 concrete mixers improve the efficiency of job sites 1960s Oshkosh Truck Corporation: Same mission, same inspiration, new name MB-5 ARFF vehicle takes the heat to keep flight decks safer 10,000th truck produced; always finding new ways to innovate and make a difference 1970s Oshkosh Truck Corporation continues driving safety and efficiency forward Oshkosh revolutionizes concrete distribution during the construction boom Oshkosh wins first U.S. Army contract with Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) design 1980s Oshkosh joins forces with McNeilus to build the S-Series™ front discharge mixer Oshkosh expands its offering for the U.S. Armed Forces Oshkosh Truck Corporation becomes a publicly traded company Oshkosh helps U.S. Marine Corps on the move 1990s Oshkosh holds strong as performance leader in family of heavy tactical vehicles Pierce Manufacturing becomes part of the Oshkosh family TAK-4® systems gives U.S. Marine Corps unparalleled mobility in Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements (MTVR) Oshkosh acquires McNeilus, cementing their leadership in the industry More than 200 experts join the Oshkosh family with acquisition of Kewaunee Fabrications 2000s Oshkosh gains prestige with listing on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) McNeilus’ Street Smart Parts™ and service program reinvents fleet sustainment First redesign of Oshkosh ARFF Thousands of Oshkosh heavy Tactical Wheeled Vehicles (TWVs) deployed to Middle East Oshkosh welcomes Jerr-Dan wreckers & carriers into the fold Oshkosh launches TerraMax™ Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) technology Jerr-Dan launches JD50/60 (HDR 1000) Rotator Oshkosh adds JLG, IMT and Frontline Communications to its portfolio Pierce is the first to add frontal airbags to custom chassis Pierce develops Pierce Ultimate Configuration (PUC) making firefighting more efficient, safer Oshkosh Truck Corporation becomes Oshkosh Corporation Oshkosh reaches another production milestone JLG’s global reach grows Oshkosh wins the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) contract McNeilus unveils the Zero Radius™ Side Loader refuse vehicle IMT seizes opportunity to enter the propane market with specialized body U.S. Department of Defense awards the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) contract to Oshkosh 2010s Oshkosh Defense establishes identity and hones its focus Jerr-Dan drives innovation with launch of low-profile XLP carriers Oshkosh doesn’t back down from rigorous Baja 1000 IMT enters the refuse industry JLG sets record for straight-up reach and Pierce innovates new chassis design U.S. Department of Defense contracts Oshkosh Defense for new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) Pierce Celebrates 100 Years; 561 Turn Out for the First Pierce 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb Jerr-Dan patent for Side Recovery System (SRS) changes how the job gets done Oshkosh Defense wins $6.7 Billion Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) production contract 100,000th telehandler rolls off the JLG production line Pierce® Ascendant® proves the impossible and Command Zone™ gets an upgrade JLG puts power in their corner Dominator® III brings the high-performance service shop direct to the customer McNeilus innovations provide great power and control JLG unveils the world’s tallest articulating boom lift McNeilus celebrates 25 years Pierce launches Ascendant® Class of Aerials, featuring five configurations Oshkosh wins contract for Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A2 variant JLG takes production sky high; celebrates 250,000th boom lift Pierce Unveils New Ultra Highrise Pumper (UHRP) JLG celebrates 50 years New branding, new website 2020s Oshkosh invests in Carnegie Foundry; enhances autonomy and robotics capabilities JLG charges ahead of competition with world’s first all-electric scissor lift JLG unveils another world first: the Self-Leveling Boom Lift Pierce completes acquisition of Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) U.S. Postal Service (USPS) selects Oshkosh Defense for Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) fleet Pierce® Volterra™ Platform of Electric Vehicles set to electrify the industry Oshkosh starts new year strong; officially acquires Pratt Miller MAXIMETAL joins Oshkosh Jerr-Dan celebrates 50 Years Oshkosh expands relationship with Robotic Research USPS places first order of NDGV McNeilus acquires CartSeeker™ curbside automation Rotating telehandlers help revolutionize US urban construction landscape McNeilus announces Volterra™ ZSL™; receives first order Hinowa acquisition complete; now part of JLG JLG launches ClearSky Smart Fleet™ IoT solution Oshkosh prepares runway for JBT AeroTech acquisition References

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1910s

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1917

Two inventors destined to make a difference

William Besserdich and Bernhard Mosling use their groundbreaking four-wheel-drive designs* as the foundation for the Wisconsin Duplex Auto Company, founded May 1, 1917. They quickly obtain funding to develop and produce their first four-wheel-drive truck prototype, known as Old Betsy.

*The automatic locking differential responsible for transferring power from the front axle to the rear axle (patented 1914) and the front driving axle with improved steering and drive capacity (patented 1915).

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1917

Driven to meet demand

The success of the Old Betsy prototype propels the company's early growth. To meet demand for the powerful first production series Model A truck, the Wisconsin Duplex Auto Company moves to a new, larger facility in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and becomes the Oshkosh Motor Truck Manufacturing Company.

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1928

Power and traction rule as the 500th truck rolls off the line

Oshkosh Motor Truck Manufacturing introduces the Model H snow removal truck with a passenger-controlled V-plow to help communities deal with harsh Wisconsin winters. This vehicle’s reputation for effectively clearing roads spreads rapidly and sales of the Model H grow.

The reliability of the Model H helps keep Oshkosh afloat and the company celebrates the manufacture of its 500th truck one year before the Great Depression.

1930s

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1932

New models make hauling less hassle

Oshkosh brings two new trucks to market, the Models FC and FB. These models have six-cylinder gasoline engines with four- to twelve-speed transmissions, allowing drivers to haul capacities up to 44,000 pounds.

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1933

Where the rubber moves the road

Oshkosh pushes innovation further by creating the first earthmover with rubber tires. The four-wheel-drive Model TR is a utility vehicle popular with contractors working on dams, canals, mines and airports.

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1939

Oshkosh begins providing vehicles to military

Oshkosh takes their first significant steps toward providing vehicles for military use. The powerful Model W-700 trucks were selected by members from the Army Corps of Engineers for a variety of operations including snow removal from runways.

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1943

Oshkosh develops and delivers W-Series snow removal trucks to U.S. Military

Between 1943 and 1945, Oshkosh receives a contract for and delivers 988 powerful W-Series snowplow trucks to the U.S. military helping military bases and airfields stationed in winter climates respond quickly to threats.

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1950

The WT-2206 snow removal truck paves the way for growth

Oshkosh receives its first major defense contract to produce 1,000 WT-2206 snow removal vehicles. Fast and efficient, the WT-2206 helps the Air Force — and soon commercial aircrafts — get to the skies faster and with greater reliability. This contract is a game-changer and paves the way for future growth.

1953

Delivering the first Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) for the U.S. Coast Guard

Built from the dependable W-800 chassis, Oshkosh delivers the company’s first ARFF vehicle for the U.S. Coast Guard.

1954

Oshkosh manufactures its 5,000th truck

On May 7th, Oshkosh’s 5,000th truck rolls off the line.

1955

Model 50-50 and 45-55 concrete mixers improve the efficiency of job sites

Oshkosh introduces its first dedicated concrete mixer, Model 50-50 (as well as the diesel-powered Model 45-55). These mixers deliver 4x4 power to get in and out of job sites with uneven terrain. Their set-back front driving axles allow greater payloads of concrete to be delivered in fewer trucks and trips.

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1967

Oshkosh Truck Corporation: Same mission, same inspiration, new name

Oshkosh continues to expand its product portfolio, averaging a release of a new truck almost every other year. The mid-1960s see the G-Series 6x6 Oil Field Service Maintenance Truck and the W-3000 AWD Mining Dump Truck. With the unwavering commitment to truck safety, power and mobility in some of the most heavy-duty industries, Oshkosh Motor Truck Company changes its name to Oshkosh Truck Corporation.

1968

MB-5 ARFF vehicle takes the heat to keep flight decks safer

The creation of the MB-5 for the U.S. Navy to combat jet fuel fires on aircraft carrier flight decks launches Oshkosh into a position of world leadership in the ARFF industry. Soon after, the MB-1 is introduced as a 1,000-gallon capacity ARFF. With the M-Series, Oshkosh offers a civilian line of ARFF vehicles for commercial airports.

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1968

10,000th truck produced; always finding new ways to innovate and make a difference

The production of its 10,000th truck is more than a tally on a chalkboard. It’s a testament to Oshkosh’s understanding of severe-duty industries and environments — ARFF, mining, snow removal, earth moving and more — where trucks require the safety and power to perform day in and day out.

1970s

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1970s

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1972

Oshkosh Truck Corporation continues driving safety and efficiency forward

From Old Betsy to the WT-2206 to the U.S. Air Force’s MB-5, every vehicle and technology built by Oshkosh is wholly rooted in solving customers’ needs to make their jobs safer and more efficient. With this continual need for new, adaptive designs, Oshkosh Truck Corporation welcomes its 500th team member.

1975

Oshkosh revolutionizes concrete distribution during the construction boom

Oshkosh’s cornerstone in concrete is the 1975 B-Series front-discharge mixer. But in response to the second post-WWII construction boom, Oshkosh releases the C-, D- and F-Series concrete trucks, each series an improvement on the last from discharge capability to load capacity to a new cantilever-engine design.

1976

Oshkosh wins first U.S. Army contract with Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) design

The U.S. Army puts forth a bid for a HET capable of moving trailers loaded with heavy equipment and tanks over the harshest environments. Oshkosh proposes the HET, based on the F-Series truck. A total of 744 HET M-911 tractors are manufactured and delivered, marking another important milestone to Oshkosh’s long-time support as a major supplier for the U.S. Armed Forces.

1980s

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1980s

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1984

Oshkosh joins forces with McNeilus to build the S-Series™ front discharge mixer

Beginning with the Oshkosh® S-Series™ front-discharge design and Oshkosh chassis, McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc. adds their mixer drum and takes on vehicle production.

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1984

Oshkosh expands its offering for the U.S. Armed Forces

The U.S. Air Force awards Oshkosh a contract for the P-19 ARFF vehicle. Designed to meet new transportability needs, the Oshkosh team successfully increases its tank-size to 1,000 gallons while reducing the wheelbase allowing the Air Force to transport the vehicle by air.

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1984

Oshkosh Truck Corporation becomes a publicly traded company

In a near constant state of expansion, Oshkosh Truck Corporation goes public and begins trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol OTRKB (until 2001).

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1985

Oshkosh helps U.S. Marine Corps on the move

Featuring center articulation for reliable off-road mobility, Oshkosh engineers produce the 8x8 Logistics Vehicle Systems for the U.S. Marine Corps to load and haul some of the heaviest on- and off-road payloads.

1990s

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1990s

1990

Oshkosh holds strong as performance leader in family of heavy tactical vehicles

The U.S. Armed Forces contract Oshkosh to engineer a next-generation HET equipped with game-changing innovations and the power to haul the 70-ton M1A1 main battle tank.

The same year, the U.S. Army awards Oshkosh a contract for 2,626 Palletized Load System (PLS) vehicles. Life-cycle cost savings of the PLS are estimated at $600 million, making this a revolutionary upgrade to U.S. Armed Forces logistics.

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1996

Pierce Manufacturing becomes part of the Oshkosh family

Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. — a major industry supplier in commercial and highly customized firefighting apparatus and vehicles since 1913 — becomes a subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corporation.

1998

TAK-4® systems gives U.S. Marine Corps unparalleled mobility in Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements (MTVR)

The U.S. Marine Corps awards Oshkosh a $1.2 billion contract for 8,100 MTVRs. Within two years, the Marine Corps receive the first MTVR and are introduced to the TAK-4® family of independent suspension systems, providing vehicles with outstanding mobility, ride quality, off-road speeds and load-carrying capacity, as well as low life-cycle costs.

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1998

Oshkosh acquires McNeilus, cementing their leadership in the industry

McNeilus — a manufacturer and market leader of garbage and recycling truck bodies — becomes a subsidiary of Oshkosh.

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1999

More than 200 experts join the Oshkosh family with acquisition of Kewaunee Fabrications

As an expert fabricator that has supported Piece Manufacturing’s breadth of innovations in firefighting, Kewaunee Fabrications is acquired by Oshkosh Truck Corporation to develop specialty components for their line of vehicles.

2000s

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2000s

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2001

Oshkosh gains prestige with listing on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Oshkosh is accepted into the NYSE with the ticker symbol OSK.

2001

McNeilus’ Street Smart Parts™ and service program reinvents fleet sustainment

McNeilus ensures product reliability with the integration of a new Street Smart Parts™ program, providing access to certified technicians, nearby service centers and an extensive parts inventory.

2002

First redesign of Oshkosh ARFF

In 2002, ARFF vehicles receive their first 21st century redesign in the Striker® 3000. With all-wheel drive and TAK-4 independent suspension as standard features, the Striker 3000 outmaneuvers and outperforms ARFF vehicles in its class during this time.

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2003

Thousands of Oshkosh heavy Tactical Wheeled Vehicles (TWVs) deployed to Middle East

Two years into the war in the Middle East, U.S. Armed Forces begin deploying an estimated 6,500 Oshkosh heavy TWVs for their proven protection, mobility and reliability in severe environments.

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2004

Oshkosh welcomes Jerr-Dan wreckers & carriers into the fold

Oshkosh acquires Jerr-Dan, marking its entry into the towing and recovery industry. This acquisition supports Oshkosh's growth strategy and strengthens its position as a specialty truck and truck body manufacturer, expanding its product lines and distribution network.

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2004

Oshkosh launches TerraMax™ Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) technology

During the Afghanistan War, Oshkosh develops TerraMax™ UGV technology for the U.S. Armed Forces — one of the first unmanned, self-driving and self-navigating defense logistics vehicles to demonstrate the potential of keeping soldiers out of harm’s way. In the 2005 Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge, the TerraMax vehicle was one of only five to complete the entire 132-mile course.

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2005

Jerr-Dan launches JD50/60 (HDR 1000) Rotator

This revolutionary recovery vehicle delivers a 360-degree operational load chart, scissor-style outriggers, a unique torsion frame and one of the strongest platforms on the market.

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2006

Oshkosh adds JLG, IMT and Frontline Communications to its portfolio

In 2006, Oshkosh welcomes JLG to the family, a proven provider of mobile elevated work platforms and telehandlers dedicated to helping workers stay safer when working at height. Alongside the aerial lift innovations, JLG also brings the reputation and reliable performance of SkyTrak® Telehandlers, a brand they acquired before becoming a subsidiary of Oshkosh.

This same year, Oshkosh acquires Iowa Mold Tooling, an innovator of robust maintenance and lubrication vehicles and Frontline Communications, a leader in custom communication vehicles since 1985.

2006

Pierce is the first to add frontal airbags to custom chassis

Despite the requirement for passenger vehicles in the late nineties, one would not find a custom fire chassis with frontal airbags until 2006. In step with the introduction of Pierce 360-degree Protection in 2003, Pierce becomes the first firetruck manufacturer to offer vital frontal airbags further making a difference in the safety of firefighters.

2007

Pierce develops Pierce Ultimate Configuration (PUC) making firefighting more efficient, safer

The PUC makes a dramatic difference in fire service equipment accessibility. It features a simplified two-step pump shift operation and an easy-to-use pump panel. In addition to relocating equipment and the pump system for quick use, the PUC also shortens the chassis wheelbase for exceptional maneuverability and storage.

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2008

Oshkosh Truck Corporation becomes Oshkosh Corporation

To better reflect the company’s diverse product line and market leading brands in the Access Equipment, Defense, Fire & Emergency and Commercial segments, Oshkosh Truck Corporation changes its name to Oshkosh Corporation.

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2008

Oshkosh reaches another production milestone

Oshkosh celebrates the production of its 20,000th Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT), the vehicle that has become the backbone for the U.S. Army’s logistics fleet.

2008

JLG’s global reach grows

JLG takes their first steps into Asia by breaking ground on an advanced manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China to produce JLG access equipment for the Asian market. This is another step in Oshkosh’s strategic business initiatives to meet the demands of a global economy and the growing demand for aerial work platforms in the Chinese and Asian markets.

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2009

Oshkosh wins the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) contract

Oshkosh is awarded the U.S. Army’s FMTV contract. The five-year contract calls for an estimated 23,000 vehicles and trailers including 17 different variants.

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2009

McNeilus unveils the Zero Radius™ Side Loader refuse vehicle

The Zero Radius™ Automated Side Loader debuts with an advanced yet simple zero radius arm operation providing clearance for refuse vehicles in narrow streets and alleyways as well as overcoming clearance issues around containers.

2009

IMT seizes opportunity to enter the propane market with specialized body

Even though IMT’s standard telescopic cranes were the gold standard for the propane market, IMT identified a need for a more integrated propane tank handling system. Pulling together the telescopic crane with a spacious load bed, workbench and removable side rails, this game-changing propane body makes tank installation and transportation simple and provides greater safety for operators.

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2009

U.S. Department of Defense awards the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) contract to Oshkosh

Oshkosh is selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to produce new M-ATVs for U.S. Armed Forces. This contract allows Oshkosh to hire more than 300 team members in Wisconsin and recall more than 500 JLG team members in midst of the recession.

2010s

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2010s

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2010

Oshkosh Defense establishes identity and hones its focus

While leveraging their expertise in advancing the defense industry with Oshkosh Corporation, Oshkosh Defense establishes its own identity. Oshkosh Defense hones its focus to delivering leading-edge tactical wheeled vehicles and life-cycle sustainment services with a robust portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles and technologies to support the U.S. Armed Forces and its allies.

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2010

Jerr-Dan drives innovation with launch of low-profile XLP carriers

This new product line of carriers is in response to customers asking for a premium carrier that can provide an enhanced payload, a lower deck height and an optimized load angle.

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2010

Oshkosh doesn’t back down from rigorous Baja 1000

The Oshkosh extreme racing team completes the 43rd annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race in Mexico. The team ran two of its Light Concept Vehicles (LCV) through the rugged 1,061-mile desert course and one crossed the finish line in La Paz. By finishing one of the toughest off-road races, Oshkosh demonstrates that the new LCV powertrain and suspension technologies are ready for almost anything.

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2010

IMT enters the refuse industry

Advancing their successful crane designs for new audiences, IMT enters the refuse industry in 2010 by developing a refuse container with loader, a can-handler and the Z-loader.

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2011

JLG sets record for straight-up reach and Pierce innovates new chassis design

JLG introduces the award-winning 1500SJ. The 1500SJ becomes the world’s first straight boom that takes workers to an astounding 150 feet. without the need for a transportation permit.

Pierce adds to its line of new products with The Dash® CF apparatus, featuring an innovative tilting cab-forward design that repositions the engine rearward and down low between the frame rails, with an open interior configuration.

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2012

U.S. Department of Defense contracts Oshkosh Defense for new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV)

The U.S. Department of Defense awards Oshkosh Defense a contract for the JLTV program’s Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase. The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy High Mobility, Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) fleet with a light tactical vehicle with far superior protection and off-road mobility.

2013

Pierce Celebrates 100 Years; 561 Turn Out for the First Pierce 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb

Founded in 1913 by Humphrey and Dudley Pierce in Appleton, Pierce Manufacturing first built aftermarket bodies for Ford Model T chassis. 100 years later on July 13, more than 12,000 people gathered in Appleton, WI to celebrate Pierce’s drive in changing the face of the modern fire industry and helping firefighters across the globe perform at their highest level.

The following day, the first Pierce 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field is held to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. 561 people participate during this inaugural year (with more joining in every year after) to climb the equivalent of 110 stories in honor of the firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.

2013

Jerr-Dan patent for Side Recovery System (SRS) changes how the job gets done

Jerr-Dan introduces industry-leading 8,000- and 10,000-pound SRS to meet the unpredictability of roadside accidents. With a multitude of features included, this design makes Jerr-Dan’s patented design a next-generation solution in roadside recovery.

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2015

Oshkosh Defense wins $6.7 Billion Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) production contract

The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command awards Oshkosh Defense the $6.7 billion JLTV production contract. Oshkosh’s JLTV is proven to provide the ballistic protection of a light tank, the underbody protection of an MRAP-class vehicle and the off-road mobility of a Baja racer allowing troops to travel over rugged terrain at speeds 70% faster than the gold standard at the time, the Oshkosh M-ATV. During the contract, Oshkosh expects to deliver approximately 17,000 vehicles and sustainment services over eight years.

2015

100,000th telehandler rolls off the JLG production line

As the world leader of elevated-workplace solutions, JLG celebrates the production of its 100,000th telehandler.

2015

Pierce® Ascendant® proves the impossible and Command Zone™ gets an upgrade

Featuring a 107-foot, high-strength steel ladder, the Pierce® Ascendant® offers an astounding 100-foot horizontal reach — 32 feet greater than a typical single rear axle aerial.

The Pierce Command Zone™ system upgrades its capabilities to feature technologies that integrate GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity to expedite diagnostics and increase vehicle uptime, among a host of other benefits.

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2015

JLG puts power in their corner

JLG acquires Power Towers Ltd., a UK-based company with a track-record of innovation, strengthening JLG’s existing portfolio of vertical lifts.

2015

Dominator® III brings the high-performance service shop direct to the customer

In 1993, IMT redefined the capabilities of the mobile service industry with the Dominator® I. IMT advances the industry further with the launch of the 13-foot Dominator III. This new model provides a lighter weight and delivers a higher lifting capacity than before to optimize performance in critical work zones.

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2015

McNeilus innovations provide great power and control

The innovative Meridian™ Front Loader is launched, giving the industry a lighter weight front loader with a capacity that’s best-in-class for its time and the power to lift up to 10,000 pounds.

The revolutionary McNeilus® CODE™ controls system is developed for refuse vehicles. Designed for maintenance, service and operators in mind, it provides state-of-the-art vehicle diagnostics and troubleshooting capability within powerful CAN-based controls.

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2016

JLG unveils the world’s tallest articulating boom lift

At Bauma 2016, JLG introduces the world to the 1500AJP. With an up-and-over height of 60 feet and a working outreach of 77 feet, the 1500AJP is the world’s tallest articulating boom lift for its time.

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2016

McNeilus celebrates 25 years

McNeilus celebrates a host of accomplishments over 25 years, including building a factory-direct support and service network and growing a product line of refuse truck bodies.

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2017

Pierce launches Ascendant® Class of Aerials, featuring five configurations

Since the launch of the transformative Ascendant 107-foot Heavy-Duty Ladder, considerable industry demand spurred Pierce to add this innovative ladder to other configurations. Soon, Pierce introduces The Ascendant Class of Aerials to equip firefighters with more aerial choices than ever before. Five distinct configurations are launched, and each set a new benchmark for performance for the industry.

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2018

Oshkosh wins contract for Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A2 variant

The TACOM Life Cycle Management Command awards Oshkosh Defense a seven-year ordering contract for the FMTV A2 variant. This new FMTV A2 fleet of vehicles deliver improved payload, underbody protection, ride quality, mobility, engine power, electronics, diagnostics and safety enhancements to support combat missions, relief efforts, logistics, supply operations and more.

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2018

JLG takes production sky high; celebrates 250,000th boom lift

JLG revolutionized how the world worked at height starting in 1970 with the industry’s first aerial work platform. Forty-eight years later, JLG’s 250,000th boom lift reinforces just how much the industry has come to trust and rely upon engineering excellence.

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2019

Pierce Unveils New Ultra Highrise Pumper (UHRP)

With its first highrise test UL certified, Pierce’s new UHRP includes momentous features including the ability to pump fire suppression agents up to 1,378 feet (420 meters) in height.

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2019

JLG celebrates 50 years

On January 9, JLG Industries officially kicks off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration, marking a half-century since its founder, John L. Grove, rallied a small group of people around one big idea — create a safer way to work at height. In 1969, Grove’s idea came to life with the introduction of the world’s first boom lift, commonly referred to as JLG 1, and pioneered the access industry as we know it today.

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2019

New branding, new website

To reflect how Oshkosh has evolved as an organization and match their focus on being a People First culture working to make a difference for everyday heroes worldwide, the company unveils a refreshed brand identity and website.

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2020s

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2021

Oshkosh invests in Carnegie Foundry; enhances autonomy and robotics capabilities

Oshkosh and Carnegie Foundry, a robotics and artificial intelligence venture studio with ties to the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University (the world leader in autonomous robotics and artificial intelligence), partner together to collaborate on autonomous vehicles and equipment.

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2021

JLG charges ahead of competition with world’s first all-electric scissor lift

JLG launches the industry into the next frontier of electrification with the world’s first all-electric scissor lift: the AE1932 DaVinci® Scissor. Featuring zero hydraulics and zero emissions, this scissor is powered by a single, quick-charging lithium-ion battery rated to last up to 10 years, elevating productivity, versatility and utilization.

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2021

JLG unveils another world first: the Self-Leveling Boom Lift

JLG, once again, revolutionizes productivity at height with the 670SJ Self-Leveling Boom Lift. Equipped with JLG’s exclusive and patented self-leveling technology, this groundbreaking innovation is engineered to automatically adapt to terrain on slopes up to 10 degrees in any direction, allowing for virtually complete balance in the platform and full functionality even while driving at the class-leading 67-foot platform height.

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2021

Pierce completes acquisition of Boise Mobile Equipment (BME)

Purchase of ownership interest will strengthen collaboration between Pierce and BME within the wildland market and create a strong independent dealer distribution model to provide new and existing BME customers with comprehensive service, parts inventory and support.

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2021

U.S. Postal Service (USPS) selects Oshkosh Defense for Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) fleet

Marking their first large-scale fleet procurement in three decades, the USPS awards Oshkosh Defense a landmark contract to produce between 50,000 and 165,000 NGDVs for the USPS fleet. Oshkosh will manufacture both zero emission battery electric vehicles and fuel-efficient low-emission internal combustion engine NGDVs, upgrading the USPS fleet to be increasingly sustainable.

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2021

Pierce® Volterra™ Platform of Electric Vehicles set to electrify the industry

The Pierce® Volterra™ zero-emissions pumper is the first electric fire truck in service in North America. Placed on front-line duty for Madison, Wisconsin’s busiest fire station, the nation’s first Volterra pumper is being used to support a population of more than 250,000.

Simultaneously, the Oshkosh® Striker® Volterra™ performance hybrid ARFF vehicle is showcased at airports across the United States. Both vehicles feature patented Oshkosh Corporation Battery Electric Vehicle and hybrid vehicle technologies allowing for zero-emissions operation when powered by the onboard batteries.

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2021

Oshkosh starts new year strong; officially acquires Pratt Miller

Oshkosh Corporation rings in the New Year with big news as it officially completes the acquisition of Pratt Miller. This acquisition will allow Oshkosh to leverage Pratt Miller’s experience and innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomy, connected systems and electrification, positioning the company for future growth.

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2022

MAXIMETAL joins Oshkosh

In June, Oshkosh Corporation completes the acquisition of Maxi-Métal Inc. (MAXIMETAL), a leader in the design and manufacturing of custom fire apparatus and utility vehicles in the Canadian market. MAXIMETAL’s experience and leadership helps Oshkosh grow its presence in the Canadian market, and its collaboration with Pierce expands on its strengths and distribution capabilities.

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2022

Jerr-Dan celebrates 50 Years

Founded in 1972, Jerr-Dan initially built carriers and trailers and introduced the first aluminum carrier in 1977. Over the past 50 years, Jerr-Dan has become recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of light, medium and heavy-duty wreckers, carriers and rotators.

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2022

Oshkosh expands relationship with Robotic Research

Oshkosh expands its relationship with Robotic Research, a global leader in autonomous mobility and Advance Driver Assistance Systems solutions, with an investment to accelerate its innovation and autonomy offerings. Together, their work provides customers with robust and functionally safe solutions along with a clear path to production that is unmatched in the industry.

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2022

USPS places first order of NDGV

The USPS orders 50,000 NGDVs with Oshkosh Defense, with at least 10,019 of these vehicles being Oshkosh’s zero emission battery electric vehicles. The company will also manufacture fuel-efficient low-emission internal combustion engine vehicles to fulfill the rest of the order.

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2022

McNeilus acquires CartSeeker™ curbside automation

CartSeeker™ curbside automation is a patented AI-based recognition technology that identifies and locates curbside waste carts and helps automate the operation of the truck’s robotic lift arm without joystick manipulation. CartSeeker will complement McNeilus’ ongoing work in autonomy by providing solutions that bring operational simplicity and high performance to customers while driving the waste industry forward.

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2022

Rotating telehandlers help revolutionize US urban construction landscape

With a global megatrend towards urbanization, JLG answers the increased demand for machines that can work on tight, urban job sites by introducing three new rotating telehandler models to the American market. With 3-in-1 machine capabilities — a traditional telehandler, mobile elevating work platform and rough terrain crane — these highly versatile machines offer both horizontal and vertical lift-and-place capabilities that can reach multiple areas of the job site from a fixed position.

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2023

McNeilus announces Volterra™ ZSL™; receives first order

McNeilus expands Oshkosh’s Volterra platform of electric vehicles by developing the first fully integrated, zero-emission refuse collection vehicle: the McNeilus® Volterra ZSL. Certified zero emission by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board, the McNeilus Volterra ZSL vehicle raises the bar for innovation and sustainability in the industry.

Within months of the announcement, Republic Services becomes the first to order the Volterra ZSL vehicle. This initial order is for McNeilus to build 50 vehicles with delivery starting in June 2024. This deal more than doubles the number of electric refuse collection vehicles from any manufacturer operating in the field today.

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2023

Hinowa acquisition complete; now part of JLG

Oshkosh acquires Italy-based Hinowa, a long-term JLG partner and manufacturer of compact crawler booms. The acquisition brings several new products into the Oshkosh portfolio including high-quality aerial platforms, mini dumpers and lift trucks.

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2023

JLG launches ClearSky Smart Fleet™ IoT solution

JLG bridges the gap between fleet connectivity and interactivity with the launch of ClearSky Smart Fleet™, the industry’s first true, two-way fleet management and communications platform. This breakthrough Internet of Things platform launches with 25 unique features that provides seamless back-and-forth interactivity between the customers’ fleet and the comprehensive mobile app and web portal or advanced API.

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2023

Oshkosh prepares runway for JBT AeroTech acquisition

Oshkosh acquires JBT AeroTech, a leading provider of aviation ground support products, gate equipment and airport services across a broad-spectrum of private and public sectors. AeroTech’s highly engineered products complement Oshkosh’s portfolio and technology capabilities.

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