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Osborne visits JCB as expansion announced

Plant manufacturer JCB is to expand operations with a £150m investment, including in its waste industry machinery capability.

The company is best known for making construction machinery but also supplies equipment for waste handling including the JS20MH materials and the Tier 4i Teletruk TLT35D 4x4 forklift.

The investment plan includes a new 350,000 square feet factory for JCB Cab Systems near Uttoxeter, an additional 126,000 square feet of manufacturing space at Rocester and a new 220,000 square feet factory at Cheadle.

JCB chairman Lord Bamford said: “Our plan to create 2,500 high-quality manufacturing jobs locally is clear evidence of the important link between infrastructure improvement and job creation.” following announcements in the Autumn Statement of plans to improve roads in the Uttoxeter area.

George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne, right, visited JCB’s headquarters a day after delivering his Autumn Statement in which he announced plans to improve roads in the Uttoxeter area.

He claimed JCB’s investment was “a further sign that our long-term economic plan is working”.

Although he trumpeted road improvements outlined in the recent National Infrastructure Plan 2013, the plan has indicated the waste sector will be left to fend for itself in the market.

The plan said waste projects were more likely to give only a short-term economic boost.

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