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1,700 apply for defense jobs in Oshkosh

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — More than 1,700 people streamed into a job fair in Oshkosh, hoping to land employment in the defense field.

Oshkosh Defense plans to hire between 650 and 750 people to build tactical vehicles for the Army. The company needs assembly workers and welders to fill the Army order.

Some applicants traveled hundreds of miles for the possibility of production work. Aaron Buechel came from Lafayette, Indiana to apply on Sunday. Buechel says he has a job, but it doesn’t pay much. The same goes for James Hess of Oshkosh, who wants to earn more than minimum wage.

Oshkosh Defense executive Rod Wedemeier told WLUK-TV the jobs will last for the duration of the 5-year Army contract.

Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com

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