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Oshkosh Board Of Directors Unanimously Rejects Carl Icahn’s Unsolicited, Inadequate, Highly Conditional And Opportunistic Tender Offer

Now Mr. Icahn would like you to sell your shares to him at $32.50 per share – even though he has stated publicly that the value of Oshkosh is in excess of that price and the median Wall Street research target price exceeds this Offer (before adding any takeover premium). Mr. Icahn’s Offer comes despite the fact that Oshkosh articulated a detailed plan at its September 14, 2012 Analyst Day that it expects to deliver value to shareholders well in excess of Mr. Icahn’s Offer.

To further his inadequate Offer, Mr. Icahn has conditioned his Offer upon the election of his slate of director nominees to the Oshkosh Board at the 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. He also resurrected his flawed idea of divesting JLG should he take control of the Board – in other words, even if you believed his JLG idea creates value, he wants you to tender your shares to him at a low-ball price with the result that you would be unable to benefit from such a transaction. But, the Board has regularly reviewed this idea. It does not add value for shareholders, and shareholders would lose the significant upside from the Company’s MOVE strategy. We believe Mr. Icahn’s tender offer and the related proxy contest are tools to advance Mr. Icahn’s self-serving agenda, and if elected, Mr. Icahn’s director candidates will seek to deprive all other Oshkosh shareholders of the full value of their investment by facilitating Mr. Icahn’s inadequate Offer and ill-advised strategy to spin-off JLG.

Where Mr. Icahn has offered flawed, contradictory, self-interested and unproductive proposals, the Oshkosh Board and management team have outlined a clear strategy and are delivering upon it .

Throughout fiscal 2012, the Company’s MOVE strategy delivered strong results in an economy that is still recovering from the greatest market downturn since the Great Depression. In the face of continued headwinds, Oshkosh management raised fiscal 2012 performance outlook multiple times during fiscal 2012, as the execution of the MOVE strategy delivered tangible results, and significantly beat Wall Street consensus estimates for each quarter of fiscal 2012. Today, we once again announced strong earnings, with adjusted consolidated operating income of $110.4 million and adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.65, compared to adjusted operating income of $87.4 million and adjusted EPS of $0.50 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 1 . We continue to aggressively and realistically reassess our opportunities and challenges and are excited about the future value available to Oshkosh and its shareholders.

Mr. Icahn’s Offer is scheduled to expire on December 3, 2012. We outline below the many reasons why you should reject his inadequate and opportunistic Offer. Your Board urges you not to tender your shares. Tendering your shares into the Offer by December 3, 2012 will only encourage Mr. Icahn in his efforts to continue his ill-informed campaign and his attempt to acquire your Company at the inadequate price of $32.50 per share.

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