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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 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 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.


£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.


JCB wins half a million pound fleet order

Sixty years after pioneering the very first backhoe loader, JCB has won an order worth more than £500,000 for a new fleet of the machines.

The backhoe loader was invented by the company's founder Joseph Cyril Bamford Credit: JCB

The East Staffordshire based outfit is to build a fleet of ten JCB 3CX Sitemasters for civil engineering company Fred Mence (Construction).

Production is set to get underway at the company's World HQ in Rocester, where more than half-a-million JCB backhoes have been manufactured since the first one in 1953.

£300,000 JCB donation to Philippines rescue effort

JCB has donated machines to past disasters, including the Asian tsunami in 2004 Credit: JCB

Staffordshire digger maker JCB has said it is donating more than £300,000 worth of machines and generators to help people affected by the Filipino typhoon disaster.

The company is sending a fleet of three loaders to aid the clear-up operations following Typhoon Haiyan.

In addition, more than 120 JCB electrical generators are being provided through the company's Filipino dealer Camec.

JCB lifting standards in road safety

Staffordshire based heavy machinery manufacturer JCB is putting its youngest employees through a 'crash course' in road safety today.

JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: ITV News Central

Two hundred and fifty apprentices will take part in the course at the company's headquarters in Rocester to encourage responsible behaviour while on the roads.

Heavy diggers on the JCB factory assembly line Credit: ITV News Central

JCB chairman named as new House of Lords peer

Sir Anthony Bamford with the Prime Minister Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The chairman of JCB, which has factories in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, has been named as a new peer in the House of Lords.

Sir Anthony Bamford is among 30 peers who will take their new seats in September after the summer recess.

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