Jaguar Land Rover to open new factory with 750 jobs
Cable and McCluskey welcome announcement of Wolverhampton plant
JAGUAR Land Rover (JLR) has announced it is to open a new factory near Wolverhampton, which will generate up to 750 jobs. The firm will invest £355 million in the facility, which will be used to build low emission engines.
Unions and government ministers have expressed delight at JLR’s decision, a reversal of previous plans to downsize its UK operation and cut jobs. General secretary of the Unite union Len McCluskey said it was "excellent news for manufacturing at these difficult times".
Business secretary Vince Cable said it was "a huge vote of confidence in our successful automotive sector in the UK and the skills and expertise in our workforce".
Construction of the factory is expected to begin early next year, inside a new 'enterprise zone'. Wolverhampton City Council hopes the zone will create 4,000 new jobs by 2015.
Read a full report at BBC News.