JCB, manufacturer of equipment for construction, agriculture, waste handling and demolition, has announced it will build a new factory in North America which will create 1,500 new jobs over the next five years.
The construction of the 720,000 square-foot factory will begin in early 2024 on a 400-acre site in San Antonio, Texas.
According to the company, the new facility will manufacture machines largely for customers in North America, the world’s biggest market for construction equipment. The plant will be the second JCB factory in North America, where the company began manufacturing in Savannah, Georgia, in 2001. JCB North America already employs 1,000 people. Details of the products to be manufactured at the new plant will be announced at a later date.
Company representatives note that the move to increase manufacturing in North America is integral to the company's continued growth and future success. JCB has 22 factories around the world, including 11 in the UK, and others in India, Brazil and China. The company will mark its 80th anniversary in 2025.