SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Oshkosh Defense will manufacture the next generation of postal delivery vehicles in Spartanburg County, bringing over 1,000 new jobs to the area.
“We’ll have technical jobs like engineering and leadership we’ll also do assembly and paint.” Oshkosh Defense, Chief Operating Officer, Don Bent said
The subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation announced Tuesday $155 million investment plans to establish operations in Spartanburg County.
Oshkosh Defense’s new facility will be located in the Flatwood Industrial Park in Spartanburg County.
Oshkosh Defense will manufacture the United States Postal Service’s Next Generation Delivery Vehicles.
The zero-emission battery electric vehicles and low-emission internal combustion engine vehicles that will replace postal service’s existing fleet.
“So for the first time they’re going to have some active safety features that they don’t have. They’ll also have two options a battery electric version or a gas version, both will be built right here in Spartanburg.” Oshkosh Defense, Chief Operating Officer, Don Bent said.
The United States Postal Service unveiled the design for the new vehicles in February.
“This announcement from Oshkosh Defense furthers Spartanburg County’s record-setting pace for investments in 2021. The fact that Spartanburg County will play a role in producing the next generation of vehicles for the U.S. Postal Service is a point of pride for our community and another notch in Spartanburg’s cap nationally.”Spartanburg County Councilman and Chairman of the Economic Development Committee David Britt
Production of the vehicles is expected to begin in the summer of 2023. Anyone interested in joining the Oshkosh Defense team should visit readySC’s recruitment website for more information.
According to Spartanburg County Councilman, David Britt, there are 20-point-6 people who move to Spartanburg each day, from surrounding states and counties. New residents are stimulating new growth in many ways.
“People are coming to where the jobs are already this year we’ve had more than $850 million dollars invested in Spartanburg county and 3,100 new jobs.” Spartanburg County Council, David Britt said
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project. Spartanburg County was also awarded a $9 million Set-Aside grant to assist with costs related to the project.