The announcement this morning that Jaguar Landrover has confirmed it will build a new manufacturing plant at Wolverhampton’s i54 business park was welcomed as “fantastic news” by Wolverhampton North East MP, Emma Reynolds.
Miss Reynolds said: “Jaguar Land Rover’s announcement this morning of their decision to build a Â£355 million engine plant at Wolverhampton’s i54 business park is fantastic news and will be a shot in the arm for our city. The new factory will bring 750 highly skilled jobs and a thousand more in the supply chain and the economy more widely.â€
â€œIt will be an advanced technology plant which manufactures engines for low emission vehicles.â€
â€œThis is a vote of confidence for Wolverhampton and the West Midlands more generally. It is particularly welcome news against the backdrop of last weekâ€™s awful unemployment figures and flat lining economic growth.”
â€œWolverhampton and the West Midlands has lost thousands of jobs in manufacturing over the last thirty years, so it is extremely good news for Jaguar Land Rover to decide to manufacture new engines here.â€
â€œI live in Pendeford, just metres away from the i54 business site and I know that many local residents have been concerned that the site lay vacant for many years but the creation of thousands of jobs has definitely been worth waiting for.â€
The development, which could to take up to two years to be build is expected to manufacture the new C-X16 sports car model which was described by some as the “spiritual successor” to the iconic Jaguar E-Type.