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Awarded Contract To Build New Water Tenders For U.S. Army
JUNE 27, 2006, Appleton, Wis.
– Pierce Manufacturing Inc. has been awarded a low rate initial production contract by the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) for the production of four Oshkosh® Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) platform-based Water Tender (HEWATT) vehicles. The vehicles will be delivered in December 2006 and January 2007.

The trucks are designed to provide structural and airfield crash-rescue support alongside the Pierce® Tactical Fire Fighting Truck (TFFT). The HEWATT is engineered to operate over varied terrain, ranging from firm ground to soft soils, and under extreme conditions. The HEWATT water tender is built to support the TFFT while providing supplementary fire suppression capabilities.

"This contract signifies a significant step in our growing relationship with TACOM in our ability to provide new product and meet the military’s needs,” said Jim Parker, vice president government sales and homeland security at Pierce Manufacturing. "The new water tenders are also an excellent example of the shared technologies employed by Pierce and our parent company Oshkosh Truck Corporation to build a vehicle that delivers tremendous performance and outstanding value."

The HEWATT Water Tenders are each equipped with a 2,500 gallon integrated water tank, Detroit Diesel 455 hp electronic engine, two-person seating, 8’ x 8’ axle configuration, Oshkosh two-speed transfer case, Allison five-speed automatic transmission, bolt together wheels and a corrosion protection upgrade package.

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corporation [NYSE: OSK], is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, mini-pumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce the Side Roll Protection™ System to fire apparatus. To learn more about Pierce, visit

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