Thousands of people came through the doors for an open day at New Holland Agriculture to see for themselves how this business has continued to thrive while others in recent years have struggled.
As part of the celebrations, a parade of classic tractors travelled through the town, featuring the newest model to celebrate its Golden Jubilee year and the first tractors to be made on this site in the 1960s.
The plant in Basildon now employs a thousand people, 500 of those are directly involved in tractor production. Many of them are generations of the same family.
New employees have been taken on in the last month and they’re looking to increase their export beyond their current 120 countries. New Holland Agriculture is now the only tractor plant in the UK.