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Joe Bamford

 

 

 

JCB"The Story of JCB" - a new exhibition centre

Long overdue tribute to the foresight of a great engineer.

Until his death in 2001, many in the industry believed that Joseph Cyril Bamford was a living legend within the construction industry. I was fortunate enough to meet with Joe on a few occasions. Right to the end, he never stopped being an engineer and I do not remember ever going to his office - all our meetings were usually on the assembly line where he could be found in his brown overalls working on the machines. A greasy handshake was par for the course

His legacy was left in safe hands.

From humble beginnings to a world leading construction and agricultural equipment manufacturer in less than 50 years is a remarkable achievement when one considers the competition there is.

It is fitting therefore that at long last, JCB opened the doors to a multi-million pound customer attraction at JCB, for me, not as they say in their announcement “..designed to generate new business from all over the world.” For me, it is glowing tribute to a great engineer. Looking back, it is amazing how it all began.

Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford pictured at the preview of    At the opening, JCB Chairman, Sir Anthony Bamford, spoke of his pride at the new £5 million customer experience centre’s development and its pivotal role in winning new business, particularly in the emerging markets.

Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford pictured at the preview of The Story of JCB.

He said: “This is an extremely exciting development. It is the first time that the history of our company and my family’s roots in manufacturing has been told in the form of a permanent exhibition.

“We are an innovative company and our success over the past 66 years has been driven by innovation and that is at the very core of ‘The Story of JCB.’ It is a showcase of our unique story and something we can all be very proud of.

“The ‘Story of JCB’ exhibition is also a very powerful selling tool for our customers, especially in the emerging markets where a greater appreciation of our heritage and pedigree will help them understand our business and why we are the right choice for their future machine requirements.”

    Leigh Boot, who works at the JCB World Parts Centre, brothers and retired employees Bob and Ron Boot and Gary Boot, who works at the World HQ, Rocester. Among the first to be given a tour of the new exhibition were members of the Boot family, who have a combined service to JCB of more than 400 years. The tradition of working for JCB was started by the late Bill Boot in 1949 and it now extends to the 4th generation of his family.

Leigh Boot, who works at the JCB World Parts Centre, brothers and retired employees Bob and Ron Boot and Gary Boot, who works at the World HQ, Rocester.

Eight of his sons went on to work for the company, including retired employees Bob and Ron Boot, who attended the preview. They were joined by Bill’s grandson Gary, who works at the World HQ, Rocester and Bill’s great-grandson Leigh, who works at the World Parts Centre, Uttoxeter.

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