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Oshkosh Truck Subsidiary JerrDan Unveils New 60-Ton Rotator Wrecker to Towing Industry.

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Oshkosh Truck Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today that its towing equipment subsidiary, JerrDan Corporation, has introduced a new rotator wrecker. This heavy-duty new model is engineered to provide industry-leading lift, pull and stability characteristics. It features a boom that rotates a full 360 degrees, is rated at 120,000 pounds while the boom is retracted and can handle a side pull of more than 68,000 pounds. The new model was unveiled at a customer event and demonstration held at JerrDan's headquarters in Greencastle, Penn. in early October. It will also be in JerrDan's booth #909 at the American Towman Expo, December 3 - 4, in Baltimore.

"JerrDan invested the time and resources to develop a truly best-in-class product. Considered the premier vehicle in any towing fleet, the new 60-ton rotator is a product line extension for JerrDan and allows us to penetration yet another segment of the towing and recovery market," said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh chairman, president and chief executive officer.

More Lift and Pull Capacity than Any Other Rotator

The 60-ton rotator's many best-in-class capabilities help professional towers handle almost any extreme recovery, lift or pull:

--The boom can lift 24,600 pounds while extended 43 feet at 50-degree elevation.

--The boom can rotate 225 degrees while lifting 53,000 pounds while extended 24 feet at a 30-degree elevation. This is 7,000 pounds more than a typical steel coil, which rotators often move.

--Side pull capacity exceeds 68,000 pounds, while remaining firmly anchored to the ground.

--The tip load rating is 18,400 lbs.

Engineered for Exceptional Strength and Stability

JerrDan's 60-ton rotator features the widest stabilizer spread in the industry - a full 264 inches front and rear. The total footprint of the hydraulic stabilizers is 112 inches by 264 inches, providing excellent lifting capacities over the front, side and rear of the vehicle. The stabilizers provide 26 inches of ground penetration so the wrecker can be easily set up on sloped or uneven ground. Stabilizer pads are designed as spades that can dig into the ground for extra hold. The unique scissor-style design allows loads to be lifted closer to the ground and body when lifting over the outrigger's extended beams.

This new rotator is the only one to be constructed of the highest strength steel available, offering an exceptional weight-to-structural-performance factor. The frame structure includes a torque-box design that provides 44 million inch pounds resistance to bending moment (RBM).

Stepp's Towing Service in Tampa purchased the first unit.

Oshkosh Truck Corporation is a leading manufacturer of specialty trucks and truck bodies for the defense, fire and emergency, concrete placement and refuse hauling markets. Oshkosh Truck is a Fortune 1000 company with products marketed under the Oshkosh(R), Pierce(R), McNeilus(R), Medtec(TM), Geesink, Norba, Jerr-Dan(R), CON-E-CO(R) and London(R) brand names. The company is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wis., and had annual sales of $2.96 billion in fiscal 2005.

To learn more about Oshkosh Truck Corporation, visit its web site at www.oshkoshtruckcorporation.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that the company believes are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding the company's future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital spending and debt levels, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, words such as the company "expects," "intends," "estimates," "anticipates," or "believes" and similar expressions 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 that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, risks related to reductions in government expenditures, the uncertainty of government contracts, risks related to the Company's acquisition strategy including identifying and evaluating acquisition candidates and integrating acquired businesses, and the possibility that expected synergies and other cost savings will not be achieved nor future plans realized. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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