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Staffordshire based JCB takes £35 million order

JCB's factory in Rocester, Staffordshire
JCB's factory in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Staffordshire based JCB has taken its biggest order of the year.

One thousand machines, worth a total of £35 million will be made in the Midlands for a UK customer.

It puts the firm, which employs 12,000 people around the world, on course for their best year since 2007.

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JCB celebrates third most profitable year in its history

JCB achieved its third most profitable year in its sixty eight year history in 2013, despite a fall in sales from 2012, according to new figures.

The JCB global headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire
The JCB global headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The company, which employs thousands from across Derbyshire & Staffordshire, sold more than 66,000 machines last year, raking in £313 million.

JCB loans £750,000 of machinery to flood disaster zones

The company today announced that four of its high-speed, high ground clearance tractors equipped with trailers and two backhoe loaders were being despatched to the worst affected areas.

The JCB backhoe, will play vital role in shoring up flood defences and eventually in clearing debris left by the flood waters.

The machines are being shipped from JCB’s World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire today.

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Official opening of JCB warehouse heralds 100 new jobs

The newest warehouse for Staffordshire-based JCB has been officially opened today, as the firm celebrates creating almost 100 new jobs in the past six months.

JCB chief executive Graeme Macdonald officially opened the warehouse today
JCB chief executive Graeme Macdonald officially opened the warehouse today Credit: JCB

JCB World Logistics, which has its world headquarters in Rocester, took over the former Blue Planet warehouse in Newcastle-under-Lyme in July last year - and since then, 80 new warehouse and office staff have been recruited, along with 20 new drivers.

And job figures are expected to more than triple in the next two years as the warehouse becomes fully operational.

The JCB world HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire
The JCB world HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

JCB chief executive Graeme Macdonald today unveiled a plaque marking the official opening of the warehouse.

Speaking afterwards, he said:

Staffordshire is where JCB’s business started almost 70 years ago and Staffordshire is where our heart is, so I’m delighted that the opening of JCB World Logistics is bringing more employment opportunities to the county.

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£150 million investment at JCB to create 2,500 jobs

A general view of a JCB digger at the JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

JCB will today announce plans to invest £150 million to expand its operations in Staffordshire creating 2,500 jobs.

The plans will include a new factory in Beamhurst, near Uttoxeter, to replace the current facility in Rugeley.

A second factory will be built at Cheadle in Staffordshire.

The firm will also expand its operations at its headquarters in Rocester to make hydraulic cylinders.

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