SAN ANTONIO—JCB is building a $500 million factory here to mass-produce construction equipment for customers in North America. The 720,000-square-foot facility will make Loadall telescopic handlers and aerial access equipment, with production scheduled to start in 2026. The factory will also have the capacity to expand and build other products in the future.

The new Texas facility will be the company’s second largest plant after its flagship operation in Rocester, England. However, since 2001, JCB has operated a 500,000-square-foot assembly plant in Savannah, GA.

"Construction equipment manufacturers sell more than 300,000 machines every year in North America, making it the single largest market in the world,” says Anthony Bamford, chairman of JCB. “[We have] been growing [our] share of this important market steadily over the past few years and the time is now right to invest in our manufacturing capacity in North America….”

"The Loadall telescopic handler is [our] biggest selling product in North America and it is also the single largest market for aerial access equipment worldwide,” adds Richard Fox-Marrs, president and CEO of JCB North America. “Therefore, it makes great sense to build these two ranges here.”