The GPA provides a competitive advantage
The story of JCB is one of innovation, ambition and sheer hard work. JCB has gone from small beginnings building agricultural tipping trailers in 1945, to the global force in manufacturing the company has become today.
Photo: From its 500,000 square-foot Savannah facility, JCB’s state-of-the-art headquarters supports a network of over 100 dealers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, providing parts, training and expertise.
As part of its global operation, JCB maintains a special presence
in Savannah — both as a manufacturer and exporter of heavy equipment, and as an importer of machines produced overseas.
JCB officials say the efficiencies gained at the Port of Savannah help the company take advantage of growing markets.
“Despite the decline in many construction markets globally, the North American market remains buoyant with our core, end use markets growing by over 11 percent in 2014. We view 2015 as a critical ‘step change’ year, in which we seek to accelerate growth in the U.S., Canadian and Mexican markets,” said Ken Bianco, Vice President of Commercial Operations for JCB North America. “Not only are we importing machines from the UK, we’re also producing a full range of skid steer loaders, compact track loaders and 3CX backhoe loaders right here in Savannah for global export via Georgia’s ports.” Counting its Savannah factory, the privately owned company manufactures more than 300 different machines from 22 plants on four continents, including the United Kingdom, India, Brazil and the United States.
JCB recently received its largest single vessel shipment of 341 machines to the Georgia Ports Authority from its manufacturing facility in the UK — representing more than $30 million of construction and agricultural equipment.
The shipment is a testament to JCB’s growth in North America, as well as the company’s contribution to the local and state economies.
“As JCB celebrates 15 years of business in Savannah, shipments such as this continue to show our investment and dedication to growth in North America,” said Arjun Mirdha, President and Chief Executive Officer of JCB Inc. “With partners such as the Georgia Ports Authority, JCB is able to continually use those investments to also support the local community.”