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JCB's £150m plan to create 2,500 jobs

A JCB backhoe loaderJCB will today announce plans to invest £150m to expand its operations in Staffordshire and create an additional 2,500 jobs by 2018.

To mark today’s announcement, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, will visit JCB’s backhoe loader factory in Rocester, Staffordshire.

His visit comes the day after he delivered his Autumn Statement, in which he committed Government funding to unlock economic growth in Staffordshire with a major road improvement project on the A50 trunk road in Uttoxeter.

Studies have shown that for every job created by JCB, three jobs are created in the firm's supply chain.

The £150m plans, which represent the single largest investment in JCB’s history, include:

  • A brand-new purpose-built 350,000sq. ft. factory for JCB Cab Systems in Beamhurst, near Uttoxeter, to replace the current smaller facility in Rugeley

  • Expansion of JCB%u2019s production operations in Rocester with an additional 126,000sq. ft. of manufacturing space to increase hydraulic cylinder production

  • A brand-new, purpose-built 220,000sq. ft. factory on the Harewood Industrial Estate, Cheadle, Staffordshire, to expand existing JCB Earthmovers and JCB Compact Products operations, allowing JCB Utility Products to relocate to this site from the current smaller factory elsewhere in the town.

  • Relocation of the existing JCB Finance and JCB Insurance offices in Rocester to new purpose-designed, high-quality office accommodation at nearby Harper Meadow, Denstone.

  • A new in-house training facility for JCB staff, to be run in conjunction with key universities to support apprenticeship and graduate training programmes.
  • All the plans are subject to planning consents from the local authorities.

    JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “Our plan to create 2,500 high-quality manufacturing jobs locally is clear evidence of the important link between infrastructure improvement and job creation. The Chancellor’s decision to invest in the regional infrastructure means JCB can continue to invest locally, which is good for Staffordshire and good for Britain, especially given the wider benefits to our UK supply chain.”

    During his visit to JCB, The Chancellor will meet with senior company executives and be introduced to employees in the backhoe loader factory.

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