OSHKOSH, WIS. (February 1, 2010) – Oshkosh Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), today announced that a new Oshkosh® Striker® 3000 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle has been placed into service at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in Minnesota. This is the first Striker vehicle jointly manufactured by Oshkosh Airport Products and its sister company, Pierce Manufacturing, Appleton, Wis. and will result in an even more efficient process of serving customers.
Oshkosh Airport Products will continue to engineer and manufacture the chassis components and cab in Oshkosh, while Pierce will assemble, install and test the firefighting systems and conduct final vehicle inspections with each customer in Appleton. Centralizing the final assembly, installation, test and vehicle inspection at Pierce will help streamline the process and enhance the customer experience. Both Oshkosh Airport Products and Pierce are divisions of the Oshkosh Corporation and business units under the Fire & Emergency Segment.
“There’s a great advantage to working with Pierce. As North America’s largest and most respected manufacturer of custom fire apparatus, Pierce brings a substantial amount of expertise to the table,” said Tim Raupp, Senior Vice President, Executive Director, International Operations for the Fire and Emergency Segment. “As our ARFF business continues to grow, this collaborative effort with Pierce will allow us to become more efficient and deliver enhanced customer benefits.”
The new vehicle is the third Striker now on duty at the airport and replaces an Oshkosh ?T-Series™ that has been in service at MSP since 1991. It features a 6x6 all-wheel-drive axle configuration and proprietary technologies such as the Oshkosh® TAK-4® independent suspension, triple agent firefighting capabilities and Command Zone™ advanced electronics for enhanced maneuverability, firefighting power and reliability. This Striker 3000 model includes seating for three firefighters, 3,000 gallons of water capacity, 420 pounds of dry chemical, 460 pounds of clean agent and a 1950 GPM single stage pump.
“We had a very positive experience with the people at Pierce and Oshkosh – from our first pre-build meeting to the final inspection. Everything went very smoothly,” said MSP International Fire Chief David Burke. “Moreover, one benefit that sets these companies apart is they care what we, as their customer, think. They spent a lot of time with us and wanted our feedback and opinions on the vehicle and new technologies.”
MSP is surrounded by Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the suburban cities of Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights and Richfield, Minn. MSP has one airfield with four runways and two terminal buildings. In 2008, MSP served 34 million passengers and was ranked the 12th busiest airfield in the United States. In 2009, MSP was named the Best Large Airport in North America based on Airport Council International – North America’s Airport Service Quality traveler survey.
About Oshkosh Airport Products
The Oshkosh Airport Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is a designer and builder of industry-leading airport firefighting and snow removal vehicles. Its flagship Striker® Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle and Oshkosh® H-Series™ snow removal chassis are known for their durability and superior performance and sold throughout the world. For more information, visit www.oshkoshairport.com