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Oshkosh Striker Production: A Visit to Oshkosh Airport Products

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Ready to purchase a new ARFF truck? Learn about the Oshkosh Striker and what to expect from a visit to the Oshkosh facility.

Oshkosh Striker Production: A Visit to Oshkosh Airport Products

When purchasing an ARFF truck from Oshkosh Airport Products, customers aren’t only getting a state-of-the-art firefighting vehicle; they are getting top-notch service along the way. Whether engaging in a pre-build conference or a final inspection before the shipment, ARFF customers can visit the facility where each Striker® ARFF truck begins its life. Even prospective customers who have not yet purchased an Oshkosh ARFF truck can have a chance to see who we are and discover the array of options we offer.

Review what you can expect during your visit to Oshkosh Airport Products below.

ARFF Truck Manufacturing: What to Expect During Your Visit to Oshkosh Airport Products

ARFF Discovery and Research

When an airport or fire department are in the market for a new ARFF vehicle, the process is generally started by a committee conducting a research and learning phase. They may schedule visits to various ARFF manufacturing plants in order to gauge the market and determine which provider will suit their needs the best.

In this initial visit, prospective ARFF customers can tour the Oshkosh Airport Products facility to discover what features and apparatus are available. Meetings with specific Oshkosh personnel can be arranged during this visit so customers can learn about each aspect of the manufacturing and engineering process in detail.

ARFF Vehicle Pre-Build Conference

After a truck order has been placed and reviewed, clients can take part in a pre-build conference at the Oshkosh Airport Products facility. This meeting will consist of the following:

Oshkosh Airport Products Factory Tour

Tour the Oshkosh Airport Products production floor and get a behind-the-scenes look at how ARFF trucks are born with Oshkosh Airport Products associates who will share insights and provide detailed information about what goes into building an ARFF truck to your exact specifications.

Review of Various ARFF Truck Options and Features

A red ARFF truck on the factory floor with a team of people looking at itEvery customer’s priority is to get a truck that meets their specific need, but visitors on tours will also get a firsthand view of other ARFF vehicles built with the latest options and innovative features.

For example, are you unsure if your truck needs a Snozzle®? See other ARFF trucks which have this feature or stop by the Snozzle manufacturing station on our production floor. By seeing other trucks in production, you may get further inspiration for your own Striker.

ARFF Truck Spec Review

To ensure expectations for the truck build are met, we will start on the first page of specifications and go through it line by line. This is one of the steps in verifying how each truck will go from paper to steel. This is a great time to review details and answer any questions with the option to visit any other unit production area to speak directly with experts on each vehicle feature.

Discuss ARFF Vehicle Modifications

A neon yellow ARFF vehicle sitting outside with a team of people inspecting itAfter seeing everything there is to see on the production floor and reviewing your spec sheet, you will be able to provide any adjustments needed to your truck’s specifications. Work with your sales representative to finalize these changes and they will ensure every last detail is met.

ARFF Vehicle Pre-Shipment Final Inspection

After finalizing your order, a lead time will be given before the truck is ready to be shipped. In that time, the team at Oshkosh Airport Products will be engineering and manufacturing your Striker ARFF truck to meet all specifications and requests. Following production completion, customers will have a chance to review all elements of their new truck and verify it meets all expectations and requirements.

New ARFF Vehicle Visual Inspection

A team of people on a factory floor looking at a neon yellow ARFF truckARFF vehicle visual inspection includes a thorough analysis of the exterior and interior of your new Striker ARFF. Take a seat in the operator’s chair, walk on the roof, audit the engine compartment and ensure the truck meets every standard. Your sales representative will be present to review any questions and explain every detail of the truck.

ARFF Truck Spec Review Comparison for Verification

Along with the visual inspection, customers can compare the initially submitted specifications and the completed truck. If specification changes are needed, this is the opportunity to discuss with your salesperson about options.

ARFF Truck Driving and System Testing

An ARFF truck with people around it, sitting on a country road with a red barn in the backgroundARFF vehicle driving and system testing is the step many customers look forward to the most - getting in the cab and taking their new Striker for a ride. We will take your new ARFF to one of our designated testing locations for driving and validating the truck’s systems, including all discharges. Test all nozzles, practice utilizing the truck’s joysticks and ask questions of the Oshkosh Airport Products’ experienced team to get insight into the operation of the systems on the truck.

New ARFF Truck Review and Modifications

You may find elements of your new Striker ARFF truck you want to be adjusted. You may decide to add an entirely new feature. This final inspection provides the opportunity make these requests.

Team Photo Op

An optional photo and video opportunity will be offered during your visit. Oshkosh Airport Products will use these images and videos for promotional purposes and to help further educate our customers. All content will be provided for your department’s use.

No matter what stage in the ARFF buying journey you’re in, your visit to Oshkosh Airport Products will be invaluable. You will meet the ARFF team charged with building your truck and supporting it long after it leaves our facility. We love seeing customers from all over the world experience our facilities firsthand and we strive to make every visit to Oshkosh Airport Products a memorable one.

Topics: ARFF, HRET, Snozzle, Firefighting, low attack bumper turret

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About Oshkosh Airport Products

Oshkosh Airport Products, a division of Pierce Manufacturing Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), is a designer and builder of industry-leading airport firefighting vehicles. Its flagship Striker® Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles are known for their durability and superior performance and sold throughout the world. For more information, visit

About Oshkosh Corporation

At Oshkosh (NYSE: OSK), we make innovative, mission-critical equipment to help everyday heroes advance communities around the world. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Oshkosh Corporation employs approximately 17,000 team members worldwide, all united behind a common purpose: to make a difference in people’s lives. Oshkosh products can be found in more than 150 countries under the brands of JLG®, Hinowa, Power Towers, Pierce®, MAXIMETAL, Oshkosh® Defense, McNeilus®, IMT®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™ Communications, Oshkosh® Airport Products, Oshkosh AeroTech™ and Pratt Miller. For more information, visit

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains statements that the Company believes to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital expenditures, debt levels and cash flows, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. When used in this news release, words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “should,” “project” or “plan” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include the Company's ability to successfully integrate the AeroTech acquisition and to realize the anticipated benefits associated with the same; the risks associated with international operations and sales, including compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;  the Company’s ability to comply with complex laws and regulations applicable to U.S. government contractors; cybersecurity risks and costs of defending against, mitigating and responding to data security threats and breaches impacting the Company; the Company’s ability to successfully identify, complete and integrate other acquisitions and to realize the anticipated benefits associated with the same; and risks related to the Company’s ability to successfully execute on its strategic road map and meet its long-term financial goals. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. The Company assumes no obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to update information contained in this news release. Investors should be aware that the Company may not update such information until the Company’s next quarterly earnings conference call, if at all.

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