Digger-giant JCB extends factory shutdown by a month

Digger-maker JCB has extended its factory shutdown by another month.

The manufacturer initially announced that its nine UK factories would be closed until April 20 as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

But the company has now confirmed that its sites – including those in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham – will remain closed until the end of May.

A JCB spokesman said: “The company’s furlough period has been extended until May 31st.”

It it believed that JCB’s 6,500-strong UK workforce will continue to be paid 80 per cent of their basic salary via the Government’s furlough scheme – regardless of how much they earn.

JCB is not the first manufacturer to extend its shutdown period.

BusinessLive has already reported how luxury car-giant Bentley Motors pushed their shutdown period back to May 18 and Stoke-on-Trent pottery firm Steelite International says production will not resume until at least July 1.

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