Oshkosh Corp eyes golf course for new headquarters

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Oshkosh, Wis. (WBAY)- An Oshkosh man has launched a petition asking the city not to sell Lakeshore Golf Course.

Oshkosh Golf Course

The property is among the sites being considered by the Oshkosh Corporation for it's new corporate headquarters.

As Oshkosh Corporation seeks a site, for its new headquarters, city officials say it's important to keep the company in town, which is why the Lakeshore Golf Course is being offered up as a potential site.

"They haven't given us full disclosure about what other sites they're looking at, but our understanding is that they're looking nationwide for sites for a headquarters. So we're in competition for this facility along with so many other facilities across the country," said Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff.

According to the city manager, the company is only interested in 30 acres of the 107 acre site.

The rest of the property would be re-developed, potentially for a number of different uses.

"Yea, it would definitely change the neighborhood," said Rob Hartley who lives right next door.

Harley opposes the sale, and launched a petition drive that's already generated about 800 signatures.

"As you can see I have loads and loads of signatures from people in the city and it's surprising how many are not golfers. People that are just concerned that a city park shouldn't be for sale. No matter what the purpose of the park, it should be scared to the people in the city," said Hartley.

No one from the Oshkosh Corporation would speak on camera, but the company did issue a statement.

It read, "Oshkosh Corporation is exploring the opportunity for a new corporate headquarters that aligns with our People First culture, allow us to operate more efficiently, continue to attract top talent and remain an important contributor in the community. We have issued Letters of Interest and Access Agreements for several properties and are reviewing the benefits of each potential location in coordination with local and state officials. We are in the early stages of a long evaluation and planning process. We are committed to doing what is best for the Oshkosh Corporation family, our customers, our shareholders and our community."

The city manager says Oshkosh Corp is expected to make a final decision on a new site sometime before November.