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Specialty vehicle maker closing 2 Ill. plants

Specialty vehicle maker closing 2 Ill. plants

Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles Inc. is laying off 92 workers as a result of its decision to close facilities in Harvey and Calumet City in early December.

Both facilities are slated for permanent closure Dec. 6, according to a notice sent Oct. 12 by the company to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles is a division of Oshkosh Corp.

The Oshkosh, Wis.-based company owns a 78,000-square-foot facility in Harvey at 16745 S. Lathrop Ave. and a 87,000-square-foot facility in Calumet City at 2150 E. Dolton Road. The two Illinois locations were acquired as a result of the purchase of AK Specialty Vehicles in 2006 from Healthtronics Inc. for about $140 million.

The main products  at both facilities are mobile medical trailers, according to a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, both facilities have made other specialty vehicles such as communications trailers and military flight simulators.

In the Thursday regulatory filing, Oshkosh said it planned to close several manufacturing facilities in its plans to "stream(line) its manufacturing footprint." The company currently has 48 production facilities.


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