THE PRIME Minister has visited a new South Staffordshire manufacturing hub today.
David Cameron enjoyed a preview of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54 South Staffordshire.
Council leaders Philip Atkins from Staffordshire County Council, Roger Lawrence from Wolverhampton City Council and Brian Edwards of South Staffordshire Council welcomed the visit.
They said: ““We are delighted that the Prime Minister has come to see for himself progress at one of the most exciting new manufacturing and engineering developments in the region, and indeed in the whole of the UK.
“Jaguar Land Rover’s investment in i54 South Staffordshire, announced back in September 2011, injected confidence into the British economy and into British manufacturing at a crucial time and it is fantastic to see the new facility nearing completion, with the promise of new jobs and opportunities that it will bring.
“Our three councils forged a pioneering partnership to develop the i54 site and attract JLR here against fierce competition. Our investment and approach is already bearing fruit with two major employers up and running on the site, two more - including JLR - building new premises here, and work well underway on a brand new motorway junction on to the M54 opening later this year.
“We are also working hard to ensure benefits for the wider region, working with schools and colleges to train up the next generation, and working with companies in the supply chain to ensure that i54 South Staffordshire drives economic growth in the West Midlands for years to come.”