JCB plans to open a new facility in North Staffordshire in a move that will create more than 300 new jobs, the company said. JCB, which has 11 plants in the U.K., and 11 abroad, is creating a new logistics hub in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The company has also signed an option to purchase an adjacent 7.7 acres of land from Newcastle Borough Council to facilitate future expansion.
The distribution hub will be commissioned this month and by the end of the year will employ about 60 people. JCB expects employment levels to top 300 in the next two years once the facility is totally operational.
“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 that has been our home for so long,” said JCB CEO Alan Blake. “Staffordshire is a fantastic place to do business and this site offers some huge advantages for JCB.”
The facility is energy efficient, designed to deliver significant operational cost savings along with reduced carbon emissions.