JCB to open its second North American manufacturing facility

A JCB wheel loader moves dirt
JCB file photo.

JCB has announced a plan to build its second North American facility in San Antonio, Texas.

Construction of the 66,890 square metre factory is expected to begin in early 2024 on a 400-acre site. The new facility will create 1,500 new jobs throughout the next five years.

“The growth we’ve experienced in the past few years in North America has been extensive and demand for our products continues to grow,” said Richard Fox-Marrs, President and CEO for JCB North America.

“The decision to expand our manufacturing footprint will bring us even closer to our customers and will allow us to further capitalize on market opportunities in North America.”

JCB has 22 factories worldwide, including 11 in the United Kingdom, and others in India, Brazil and China.

The new facility in San Antonio will manufacture machines largely for customers in North America, the world’s biggest market for construction equipment.

The plant will be the second factory in North America, where the company began manufacturing in Savannah, Georgia, in 2001. At that facility, JCB North America already employs 1,000 people.

“North America is integral to the growth and success of JCB’s business in the future and the time is now right for JCB to expand its manufacturing presence there,” says Graeme Macdonald, JCB CEO. “Texas is a vibrant and growing economy, and the State offers great advantages in terms of a central location, as well as good highway and port access. The city of San Antonio also has a well-established skills base, which makes it a very attractive place to set up a factory.”

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Details of the specific machines the new factory will manufacture will be announced at a later date.

“JCB has come a long way since selling its first machine to the US market in 1964,” said Lord Bamford, Chairman of JCB. “This new investment is good news for our North American customers and is a fantastic platform on which JCB can build.”

JCB is the world’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of construction and agricultural equipment. The company manufactures a range of more than 300 products. The company will mark its 80th anniversary in 2025.