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Oshkosh Corporation, Other Big Companies Spur City’s Economic Growth

Oshkosh Corp., Bemis, UW Oshkosh are among the major employers.

By Kevin Litwin on May 18, 2018

Oshkosh is lucky. It has a diverse economy that is strong in sectors like education, healthcare, IT, manufacturing and tourism.

Here are some other companies enjoying economic success in Oshkosh:

Oshkosh Corporation

Founded in 1917, Oshkosh Corporation remains a fixture of the Oshkosh business community and won 2017 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year in the annual competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the advisory firm of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLPand the legal firm of Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP. Oshkosh Corporation was part of the “Mega” category, based on the number of employees. The manufacturer of defense and commercial trucks and truck bodies employs about 14,000 worldwide (2,800 in Oshkosh). Other accolades for the company include being among Barron’s “Top 100 Most Sustainable Companies,” one of FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies, a Glassdoor Best Place to Work, a Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media and one of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes.


Bemis High Barrier Flexible Packaging Group employs about 2,300 people in the area. The company produces plastic packaging for foods like bacon and cheese, snacks, candies, bulk foods and pet foods.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Established in 1871, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, part of the University of Wisconsin System, has an enrollment of  approximately 14,350 students and employs about 1,300 people. UW Oshkosh offers nearly 200 majors, minors and emphases, in addition to 15 graduate programs and two doctoral programs

U.S. Bank

The fifth-largest bank in the country, U.S. Bank has about 1,144 employees in the Oshkosh area. The bank’s history dates back to 1863, and today its assets exceed $460 billion.

Aurora Medical Center

Aurora Medical Center & Aurora Medical Group employe about 870 people locally. Aurora Medical Center is a 320,000-square-foot, full-service hospital that provides the Oshkosh community with access to a 24-hour emergency room as well as the latest diagnosis and treatment services, including MRI and CT, a linear accelerator for radiation oncology, and a dialysis unit. Aurora Medical also features a Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic, which provides patients with spiritual and emotional support along with access to the latest research, techniques and trails.

Silver Star Brands

One of the largest direct marketers of consumer gifts and household products in America, Silver Star Brands ships nearly four million orders annually through its various catalog sales and online sites. The company’s six brands are As We Change, Easy Comforts, Exposures, Miles Kimball, Native Remedies and Walter Drake. The company employs about 650 people.

Winnebago Mental Health Institute

Formerly Winnebago State Hospital, Winnebago Mental Health Institute is a psychiatric hospital in the unincorporated community of Winnebago near Oshkosh. The hospital treats about 170 patients every day.


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