It will be commissioned this month and become fully operational over the next two years.
The facility will be the central receiving hub for supplier-bought components used in the manufacture and assembly of JCB machines. It will serve JCB’s UK plants as well as JCB’s compaction equipment factory in Germany and JCB’s newest manufacturing facility in Brazil.
JCB is taking the Blue Planet warehouse at Chatterley Valley, which was speculatively developed by Gazeley. It has also signed an option to buy an adjacent 7.7 acres of land from Newcastle Borough Council for future expansion.
The project is being supported by £2.9m from the government’s regional growth fund to support job creation on the site and to provide training programmes.
CEO Alan Blake said: “Staffordshire is where JCB’s business started nearly 68 years ago and I’m delighted that our latest expansion is creating jobs in the county which has been our home for so long. Staffordshire is a fantastic place to do business and this site offers some huge advantages for JCB, particularly with transport links to the A500 and M6.
“We are delighted to have been offered funding from the regional growth fund to facilitate future growth on the site. We also thank Newcastle Borough Council for their support in reaching what is another milestone in JCB’s commitment to Staffordshire.”