After 45 years of business in the North American market - 15 of which have been in Savanah - JCB announced it has received its largest single vessel shipment of machines to the Georgia Ports Authority from its manufacturing facility in the UK.
The 341 machines are a "testament to JCB's growth in North America," the company said.
“This recent shipment represents more than $30 million of construction and agricultural equipment, demonstrating JCB’s continued growth and investment in North America,” said Ken Bianco, vice president of commercial operations for JCB North America. “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. 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.”
Carrier Wallnius Wilhelmsen delivered the new machines on January 19 on the vessel Honor directly from England. The machines will receive pre-delivery inspections and some final configuration prior to shipment to customers in the next few weeks.
“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 CEO 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.”