Oshkosh: Announces support for all Oshkosh director nominees from state of Wisconsin investment board

Oshkosh Corporation Financial:
Patrick Davidson, 920-966-5939
Vice President of Investor Relations


John Daggett, 920-233-9247
Vice President of Communications

Oshkosh announces support for all Oshkosh director nominees from state of Wisconsin investment board

Reminds Shareholders to Vote the WHITE Proxy Card TODAY

OSHKOSH, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies, today announced that the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), one of the Company’s large shareholders, has announced its support for all of the Oshkosh director nominees on the WHITE proxy card in connection with the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on Friday, January 27, 2012.

“We appreciate the support of SWIB and other Oshkosh shareholders and believe that the Oshkosh director nominees are the right choice to continue executing on our strategy and creating value for all of our shareholders.”

SWIB issued the following statement:

“The State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), one of Oshkosh Corp.’s large institutional shareholders, announced today that it will vote shares in support of the Oshkosh Board of Directors’ nominees. SWIB seeks to protect its long-term investments and believes the Oshkosh directors are the best choice to maximize long-term shareholder value.

“Assets under management at SWIB are about $83 billion as of December 31, 2011. This includes approximately $77 billion in trust funds of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), which is the 9th largest US public pension fund and the 30th largest public or private pension fund in the world.”

Richard M. Donnelly, Oshkosh Corporation independent Chairman of the Board, said, “We appreciate the support of SWIB and other Oshkosh shareholders and believe that the Oshkosh director nominees are the right choice to continue executing on our strategy and creating value for all of our shareholders.”

As previously announced, Glass Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) and Egan-Jones Proxy Services (Egan-Jones), two leading, independent proxy advisory firms, each recommend Oshkosh shareholders vote for ALL of the Oshkosh director nominees on the WHITE proxy card.

Oshkosh urges all shareholders to vote the WHITE proxy card today. With the Annual Meeting only days away, and to ensure that their shares are represented at the Annual Meeting, Oshkosh requests that shareholders vote by telephone or Internet by following the instructions on the WHITE proxy card.

Oshkosh shareholders who have previously voted Carl Icahn’s gold proxy card still have time to change their vote to the WHITE proxy card. Shareholders who have questions about how to vote their shares or change a previously executed vote, or who need additional assistance, should contact Oshkosh’s proxy solicitor, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, toll-free at (877) 750-9499
(877) 750-9499
(banks and brokers may call collect at (212) 750-5833
(212) 750-5833

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses 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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