Governor Doyle Announces Additional Bid to Oshkosh Truck in China

Signs Bid Awards for 2 Snow Removal, 6 Emergency Response Vehicles

BEIJING – Governor Jim Doyle today announced a second bid award for Oshkosh Truck Corporation to provide the People’s Republic of China with two snow removal vehicles, worth $1 million for the Beijing Capital International Airport.  The Governor and the Vice Minister for Commerce Ma Xiuhong witnessed the signing of the award, along with the award for the sale of six emergency response vehicles to prepare for the 2008 Summer Olympics. 


“As China’s economy continues to grow, Wisconsin’s high-powered manufacturing sector is ready to provide the tools to help fuel China’s growth,” Governor Doyle said.  “China’s high demand for this equipment coupled with Wisconsin’s highly skilled workers and advanced manufacturers is a partnership built for success.”


During the Governor’s trade mission, leaders from Oshkosh Truck continue to discuss future trade opportunities in China.  Earlier this week, the Governor met with officials at Pudong Airport in Shanghai and viewed two Oshkosh Truck emergency vehicles purchased earlier this year. 


Oshkosh Truck Corporation is a leading manufacturer and marketer of specialty vehicles and truck bodies for defense, concrete placement, refuse hauling, access equipment and fire and emergency. The Oshkosh Pierce brand is the world’s leading fire truck manufacturer.


China’s economy has experienced record growth since opening up to international markets, and since Governor Doyle’s 2004 China trade mission, Wisconsin businesses and government leaders have built strong relations with a bright future.


China’s import needs match directly with Wisconsin’s top exports – from advanced manufacturing to medical device equipment – providing opportunities for Wisconsin businesses to excel in the world’s fastest growing economy and producing good-paying jobs for Wisconsin citizens.


China is now Wisconsin’s fastest-growing export market and the third-largest export market overall, up from fourth-largest in 2005. For 2006, the state’s exports to China totaled $870 million, representing a 29 percent increase over 2005.  Strong export commodities in 2006 include machinery, up 35 percent to $338 million; electrical machinery, up 48 percent to $121 million; and paper/paperboard up 80 percent to $12 million. Since Governor Doyle’s first trade mission to China in 2004, Wisconsin exports to China have increased by 116 percent. And, in just the first quarter of this year, our exports are up 75 percent.