A MAJOR East Staffordshire employer has received a mammoth deal which could transform a nation’s rural economy.
JCB, which has a base in Rocester, has won an order for more than 1,000 of its backhoe loaders from Brazil in a deal worth more than £40 million.
It is thought the deal could have a massive impact on Brazil’s rural economy.
The machines will be used to improve the country’s rural roads getting food produced for sale to market quicker.
Staff at the firm’s plant in Rocester will be involved in producing the 12,000 hydraulic cylinders needed to complete the order.
JCB CEO Alan Blake said: “This is a very important deal for JCB and we are delighted to have secured the tender for a second year running.
“It is huge testament to the quality and versatility of JCB’s backhoe loaders.
“it’s fantastic to win an order of this size as we celebrate 60 years of backhoe loader production this year.”
As part of the deal JCB will also provide training for machine operators as well as maintenance and technical support.
A third of all farms in Brazil are family enterprises in remote areas of the country where the road network needs to be upgraded.