A £450 million expansion at Jaguar Land Rover’s engine facility at i54 South Staffordshire will strengthen the regional economy and boost investor confidence, the site’s partnership leaders said after a company announcement today.
Speaking on behalf of the i54 South Staffordshire partnership, Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: “This is the second extension by Jaguar Land Rover at i54 South Staffordshire and will double the size of its existing facility which speaks volumes about the company’s strength and ambition. As a partnership we worked hard to make the site what it is today and ensure it could support leading global businesses. This development and additional investment will further enhance i54 South Staffordshire’s standing regionally and nationally. It will lead to the creation of hundreds more jobs, not only at this site but across our area as it has a positive impact on supply chain businesses. Together we will increase our drive to increased people’s skills locally so they can make the most of the growing number of opportunities resulting from the growth at i54 South Staffordshire. We look forward to see the extended facility in operation as soon as possible.”
Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, Roger Lawrence said: “This is a great news for the City of Wolverhampton, neighbouring Staffordshire and the wider region. With this huge investment and commitment, Jaguar Land Rover has taken a huge vote of confidence in local communities, local people and their skills. i54 and the junction 2 area are playing a vital role in growing the local economy by creating jobs and improving prosperity for local people. The benefits of this investment are wide reaching – from supply chain businesses to educational programmes that inspire a new generation. On the back of this really positive development, the City of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire County Council and South
Staffordshire Council will continue to work hard to attract further investment to the area, support business expansion and increase skills in the local workforce.”
South Staffordshire Council leader Brian Edwards said: “The growth of i54 South Staffordshire follows the hard work through our successful partnership which has led to the delivery of jobs and major investment in Staffordshire and Wolverhampton. “This is another big milestone and we are pleased to have played a part in getting to where we are today.”