McNeilus Companies, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, delivered the first of 144 new state-of-the-art Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuse trucks to the city of Seattle, Washington.

The fleets servicing the Seattle Public Utilities Contract selected McNeilus as the manufacturer of choice to provide the refuse vehicles. The purchase of these new McNeilus CNG-powered refuse trucks are part of a statewide initiative to cut vehicle emissions in advance of the 2010 federal emissions requirements. The Seattle Public Utilities Contract purchase of the McNeilus CNG refuse trucks are part of a statewide initiative to cut vehicle emissions in advance of the 2010 federal emissions requirements. McNeilus expects to deliver the remaining CNG vehicles in late March 2009.

"Alternative fuel vehicles help McNeilus customers to reduce their fuel bills in a difficult economy and creates a positive impact on the environment," said Mike Wuest, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Commercial. "Oshkosh Corporation has a history of innovations, and we see McNeilus CNG powered-vehicles as one more pioneering green alternative we can share with our customers. With CNG, customers not only get a greener vehicle, but they also experience benefits to their bottom line with an economically viable alternative fuel."

Recognizing the nationwide move toward environmentally friendly refuse collection, McNeilus has begun offering a turnkey solution for haulers looking to migrate to CNG-powered vehicles. Customers who purchase CNG-powered chassis can have the CNG system installed as the body proceeds down the assembly line at McNeilus. McNeilus has installed a CNG fueling depot at their factory in Minnesota to further streamline the process.

"We encourage our customers to contact our sales force to find out more about the benefits of CNG," said Wuest. "We commend Seattle on their green stance and we look forward to working with other customers who are interested in following Seattle's lead."