Just over a year ago local digger manufacturer and one of the largest employers in the area JCB annouced plans to close its Cecily Mills factory in Cheadle.
The move was announced in order to streamline its production. All offices and production work that was undertaken at the factory was moved to other sites accross its group and JCB said that even though it was a challenging period no jobs would be lost and this move was to be made help the company grow within its market sector.
Now 14 months later demolition work at the once busy factory site has started. We want to hear from you and know what are your thoughts, what do you expect to see on the site once completed and do you have any old photos?
Blow News From Time & Echo
Demolition work on course for March finish
DEMOLITION work is underway at a former JCB factory which produced the company’s famous yellow machines for almost 35 years. JCB bought the Cecilly Mills plant in Cheadle – a former silk ribbon and cloth badge manufacturer – in 1982. Production stopped there last year when manufacturing was re-located to the company’s purpose built factories in Leek Road,
Cheadle. Work has started to demolish the six buildings on the five acre site in Oakamoor Road and is set to finish in March. The plant was initially home to the JCB Special Products team, which produced innovative sales special machines. At one stage it was also the base for JCB Landpower, producers of the famous Fastrac tractor. Later both the compact iCX backhoe loader and the JCB Teletruk telescopic forklift were manufactured on the site. Jim Edwards, retired Managing Director of Special Products, from Blythe Bridge, told the Times and Echo: “Cecilly Mills had a really unique feel to it. I have a great affinity with the place because it is where we started out on Special Products. “We all worked in close quarters and there was a great camaraderie among the team. “It was fantastic working there alongside Mr JCB as he used to say to us it reminded him of how it was when he first founded the company. “Still, time has to move on and while it is a shame on one hand, JCB production needs to be carried out in the best and most modern factory settings.” A JCB spokesman said: “The demolition work on the former Cecilly Mills site is progressing well and is on schedule to finish at the end of March.