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 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.
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.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, visited the JCB factory in Rocester, Staffordshire today. The manufacturer will be opening new factories in the region and creating 2,500 new jobs.
Staffordshire manufacturer, JCB, is building two new factories and creating 2,500 new jobs.
The firm made the announcement as Chancellor George Osborne toured its headquarters in Rocester this morning.
The plants will be in Beamhurst near Uttoxeter and Cheadle in Staffordshire. The firm will also expand its operations at its HQ.
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.
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 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.
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.
Staffordshire based heavy machinery manufacturer JCB is putting its youngest employees through a 'crash course' in road safety today.
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.
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.
Hundreds of competitors have today completed the JCB Fun Run in Staffordshire, raising over £40,000 for charity.
The event, now in its second year, attracted 1,000 entrants – double last year’s field – for the five-mile endurance course, which raised cash for the NSPCC.
The JCB Mud run took place on land owned by the company near to its World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire.
The course featured a 100ft long underground mud tunnel, cargo nets, rope swings, monkey bars and plenty of mud.