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    Jaguar Land Rover selects Savannah for manufacturing center
    A United Kingdom treasure — Jaguar Land Rover Classic — will soon be heading to Savannah with a new operations hub.

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced the move Wednesday and said it will be Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s first facility in the U.S.

    The facility will be located in Crossroads Business Park, near a portion of Gulfstream Aerospace.

    The operation will create 75 high-paying jobs with wages of $80,000 and up, said Trip Tollison, president and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority.
    The company will be manufacturing and rebuilding classic Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle models, Tollison said.

    “These are hand-crafted by highly skilled workers,” Tollison said. “It’s unique custom work.”

    Tollison said Jaquar’s choice of Savannah is significant.

    “First, it’s significant because it’s Jaquar Land Rover Classic’s first manufacturing (location) in North America,” Tollison said. “It’s also significant because our hope is that we’ve laid the groundwork for what could come in the future.”
    Deal said Jaguar Land Rover Classic has made a great location choice.Tollison said the investment by Jaguar Land Rover Classic is $15 million. Construction of the new facility will begin in fall 2019.

    “Georgia’s business-friendly climate and world-class logistics infrastructure continue to attract industry leaders like Jaguar Land Rover Classic,” said Deal. “I applaud the leadership of Jaguar Land Rover Classic for recognizing the strength of Georgia’s automotive sector and for creating high-wage jobs for our deep talent pool. By choosing Savannah, Jaguar Land Rover Classic will enjoy the benefits of close proximity to the Port of Savannah while streamlining services for American customers. We appreciate Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s investment in the Chatham County community and look forward to the growth of this partnership in the years to come.”

    Jaguar Land Rover officials said Savannah is perfect.

    “Creating a dedicated facility in the U.S. — one of the largest markets for classic car enthusiasts — is an important and exciting step for Jaguar Land Rover Classic. We’re delighted to bring the... classic expertise and support we’ve nurtured in the UK direct to U.S. clients,” said Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director Tim Hannig. “The Savannah site is the perfect location for us: a charming setting combining a passionate community and excellent transport links that will make it easier for U.S. clients to benefit from the authentic services and expertise Jaguar Land Rover Classic provides.”

    The new facility, also Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s first facility outside of Europe, will provide access to a range of authentic Jaguar and Land Rover Classic cars, services, parts and experiences. The facility will also include a state-of-the-art 42-bay workshop for comprehensive vehicle health checks, service and repairs for all Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles out of production for a decade or more.
     
    “Today Jaguar Land Rover Classic, a world-class company with a renowned reputation, chose Savannah to produce world-class products,” said Tollison. “The high-wage jobs and investment they will bring to the Savannah region will make an immediate impact on our region. The success of securing this project could not have been possible without the help of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and our many other partners. We are excited to win this project and cannot thank Jaguar Land Rover Classic enough for their decision and vote of confidence.”
    GDEcD Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness and Food Team Director Wylly Harrison represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with SEDA and Georgia Power.

    “Jaguar Land Rover Classic is joining a league of automotive companies that have found a home in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia’s automotive sector is one of our strongest, and we are thankful that this industry continues to see substantial growth. Jaguar Land Rover Classic has made an incredible decision by choosing Savannah.”

    Savannah Morning News
    DeAnn Komanecky
    August 16, 2018