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JCB breaks ground on A$750m US factory

JCB marks biggest ever investment as work begins on its new A$750 million factory in Texas

JCB recently began work on a new A$750 million (US$500 million) factory in North America, which JCB says is its biggest investment to date.

The start of construction was signalled at an official groundbreaking ceremony on June 4 at the site in San Antonio, Texas, where The Hon. Alice Bamford, daughter of company Chairman Anthony Bamford, cut the first sod of earth.

Work on the 720,000 sq. ft (67,000 square metre) factory is under way on the 400-acre site and will create 1,500 new jobs over five years, JCB says.

It will be the company’s second largest plant, rivalled only by the manufacturer’s World HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire, UK.

The factory will make Loadall telescopic handlers and aerial access equipment, with production scheduled to start in 2026. The factory will also have the capacity to expand into the manufacturing of other products in the future.

“Construction equipment manufacturers sell more than 300,000 machines every year in North America, making it the single largest market in the world,” JCB chairman Lord Bamford says.

“JCB has been growing its share of this important market steadily over the past few years and the time is now right to invest in our manufacturing capacity in North America, where we already have one factory.

“JCB really has come a considerable way since we sold our first machine here 60 years ago and it gives me immense pleasure to see how our business has grown in North America.

“Today really is a milestone day in the history of our family company.”

JCB North America president and CEO Richard Fox-Marrs adds: “The Loadall telescopic handler is JCB’s biggest selling product in North America and it is also the single largest market for aerial access equipment worldwide, and therefore, it makes great sense to build these two ranges here.

“Texas is an obvious choice for our new North American manufacturing facility, not least because the state is the largest consumer of construction equipment in the USA.

“San Antonio is also the logical choice as a location for our new factory because of its central location, proximity to the supply chain and great local labour force. We are really excited about JCB’s new San Antonio factory and for the future of our business in North America.”

JCB sold its first machine in North America in 1964 and opened its first manufacturing plant there in 2001 in Savannah, Georgia, which employs 1,000 people. The new facility will manufacture machines for customers specifically in North America.

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