Posted on July 12th, 2013 JCB today announced plans to open a new facility which will create hundreds of jobs. The company – which currently has 11 plants in the UK and 11 overseas and is the world s third largest manufacturer of construction equipment – is creating a new logistics hub on land next to the A500 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, in North Staffordshire. The facility will open in the environmentally-friendly Blue Planet warehouse on the Chatterley Valley site.
JCB has agreed a long-term lease for the building and has been conditionally offered 2.9m from the Government s Regional Growth Fund to support job creation on the site and to provide training. In addition, the company has also signed an option to buy an adjacent 7.7 acres of land from Newcastle Borough Council for future expansion. The distribution hub will be commissioned this month and by the end of the year will employ around 60 people.
Employment levels are expected to rise to more than 300 people once the facility becomes fully operational in the next two years. Business Secretary Vince Cable said: We need growth that is more evenly balanced across the country. That is why we are supporting firms such as JCB through the Regional Growth Fund, which will enhance their infrastructure and bring long-term employment to the area.” JCB CEO Alan Blake: Staffordshire is where JCB s business started nearly 68 years ago and I m delighted that our latest expansion is creating jobs in the county which has been our home for so long.
Staffordshire is a fantastic place to do business and this site offers some huge advantages for JCB, particularly with transport links to the A500 and M6. We are delighted to have been offered funding from the Regional Growth Fund to facilitate future growth on the site. We also thank Newcastle Borough Council for their support in reaching what is another milestone in JCB s commitment to Staffordshire.
Gareth Snell, Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, said: This is great news for local people given that the company estimate that more than 300 new jobs will be created.
We would hope that local companies would benefit too from supply chain opportunities.
We will continue to support JCB once they take occupation of the building in the hope that their global business continues to grow and therefore benefit the local economy.
JCB logistics hub to create 300 jobs