Growth in personnel and facilities to benefit airport, industrial, and
municipal firefighting organizations.
OSHKOSH, WIS. (May 19, 2015) – Oshkosh Fire & Emergency Group, part of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), is expanding its presence in the Middle East to better serve Oshkosh Airport Products and Pierce Manufacturing customers throughout the region. The expansion initiatives, among others, include the appointments of regional management and sales management personnel, and the addition of new field service representatives. Moreover, Oshkosh is augmenting its aftermarket department and investing in a new regional spare parts distribution center.
“Oshkosh is committed to providing customers in the Middle East with the best possible service and support after the sale, and these organizational and infrastructure changes are a direct reflection of this strategic mission in action,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency.
“We have an excellent team in place and, together with the expansion of our parts distribution capabilities, we are sized right to support the Oshkosh and Pierce market share growth we continue to experience throughout the region,” added Salim Hawi, Oshkosh Corporation vice president, international sales.
Bassam Munem, Oshkosh senior regional manager for Middle East, now leads the Oshkosh Arabia Regional Office for Fire and Emergency in Jebel Ali, Dubai. Other personnel changes include the addition of a sales manager for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and field service representatives in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. In addition to these investments, Oshkosh is adding a new regional spare parts distribution center in Abu Dhabi. Oshkosh is also expanding its aftermarket department to enhance customer service. The Saudi office, Aftermarket department, and spare parts distribution center all report to the Oshkosh Arabia Regional Office in Dubai.
“At Interschutz 2015, we are about to unveil an all-new Oshkosh fire apparatus and introduce plans for a global Striker 8 X 8 featuring twin rear-mounted Scania low emission engines,” added Johnson. “Both of these new products are designed with regions like the Middle East in mind. We invite all Interschutz 2015 visitors to be sure to visit the Oshkosh stand.”
Photo caption: Oshkosh Fire & Emergency Group is expanding its presence in the Middle East to better serve Oshkosh Airport Products and Pierce Manufacturing customers throughout the region. Shown here is the Oshkosh® Striker® 6 X 6 aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle.
INTERSCHUTZ 2015 is the international exhibition for fire prevention, disaster relief, rescue, safety and security. Around 1,300 exhibitors from more than 40 countries will be presenting their products and services at the event, which runs from 8 – 13 June. INTERSCHUTZ will occupy five halls and an open-air site at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds. Deutsche Messe organizes the event with the support of the German Association for Fire Prevention, the German Fire Brigade Association and the German Engineering Federation.
About Oshkosh Airport Group
The Oshkosh Airport Group, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, 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.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency, military and specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide by rental companies, concrete placement and refuse businesses, fire & emergency departments, municipal and airport services and defense forces, where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.
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