JCB Breaks Ground on Landmark $500 Million North American Factory in Texas

San Antonio, TX – June 4th marked a significant milestone for JCB, one of the world’s leading construction and mining equipment manufacturers, as work commenced on their monumental $500 million factory in North America. This investment is the largest in the company’s illustrious history and signals a major expansion of their manufacturing footprint.

In a ceremonial groundbreaking event, Alice Bamford, daughter of JCB Chairman Anthony Bamford, initiated the construction by cutting the first sod at the 400-acre site in San Antonio, Texas. The factory, spanning 720,000 square feet (67,000m²), is expected to generate 1,500 new jobs over the next five years, bolstering the local economy and further establishing JCB’s presence in North America.

A Game-Changing Facility for JCB

The new factory will be JCB’s second largest, second only to their World HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire, UK. Initially, the facility will focus on the production of Loadall telescopic handlers and aerial access equipment, with the flexibility to diversify into other products in the future. This strategic move will significantly enhance JCB’s capacity to serve the North American market, which is the largest market for construction machinery globally.

JCB Chairman Lord Anthony Bamford commented, “The North American market demands over 300,000 construction machines annually, making it a critical region for JCB. Our steady growth in this market over recent years has paved the way for this unprecedented investment. Today’s groundbreaking is not just a company milestone but a testament to our long-term commitment to this vital market.”

Texas: The Ideal Location

Texas Governor Greg Abbott expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Texas has been recognized as the Best State for Business for 20 consecutive years. We are thrilled to welcome JCB to our community. This groundbreaking is a significant step in JCB’s journey, promising 1,500 well-paying jobs for Texans and bringing substantial capital investment to San Antonio. The ‘Made in Texas’ brand will now be synonymous with JCB’s world-class machinery.”

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald highlighted the strategic importance of this expansion: “Our North American operations have shown remarkable progress, and this new facility presents a golden opportunity to build on that success. The record investment underscores our confidence in the North American market and our dedication to meeting its demands.”

Strategic Advantage of San Antonio

Richard Fox-Marrs, President & CEO of JCB North America, explained the rationale behind the location choice: “The Loadall telescopic handler is our top-selling product in North America, and the region is also the largest market for aerial access equipment. Texas, being the largest consumer of construction equipment in the USA, is a natural fit for our new plant. San Antonio, with its central location, proximity to our supply chain, and skilled labor force, is the perfect site for our new factory.”

JCB’s Expanding Footprint

Since selling their first machine in North America in 1964 and establishing their first manufacturing plant in Savannah, Georgia, in 2001, JCB has continually expanded its operations. The new facility in San Antonio will cater specifically to North American customers, further cementing JCB’s position in the region. Globally, JCB employs 19,000 people and operates 22 factories, including 11 in the UK, seven in India, and additional plants in Brazil and China.

As JCB approaches its 80th anniversary in 2025, this new factory represents not just a significant investment but a commitment to innovation, growth, and sustained leadership in the construction and mining equipment industry.

For more information about JCB and their range of equipment, visit their official website.

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