Oshkosh Truck Corporation welcomed Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle to its offices in Wisconsin on the heels of the announcement that Oshkosh was awarded a bid for six Striker aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) vehicles for the Beijing Capital International Airport.
“In providing the six Strikers, we are very happy to support China in providing for the safety of the millions of people who will be traveling through Beijing Capital International Airport for the Olympic Games and other tourist and business activities,” said Chairman, CEO and President of Oshkosh Truck Corporation, Robert G. Bohn. “As the Chinese Civil Aviation system continues to rapidly grow, Oshkosh Truck is actively working to supply ARFFs to the airports as well as expanding into other markets.”
The visit was in anticipation of a trade mission that Gov. Doyle will lead to Japan and China this month. Oshkosh Truck will sponsor a reception during that mission with Gov. Doyle, U.S. Ambassador Clark Randt and other Beijing dignitaries. Oshkosh Truck established an office in Beijing in 2006.
The recent announcement of the six Striker ARFF vehicles bid award includes two Striker 1500s and four Striker 3000s - for the Beijing Capital International Airport. All Oshkosh Truck Corporation ARFFs will be designed and manufactured in Wisconsin.
To date, Oshkosh has delivered 59 ARFF units in China, with recent contracts for Shanghai Pudong Airport, Hangzhou Airport, Quzhou Airport and Ningbo Airport. In addition, JLG, an Oshkosh Truck Corporation company that manufactures access equipment, has been active in China. The company recently signed an agreement with Westrac, an authorized Caterpillar dealership, to provide local sales and service in China. In addition, JLG Asia Pacific has offices in both Hong Kong and Beijing.