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Browns Lane
Browns Lane

Construction firm buys Browns Lane

Jaguar's Browns Lane plant in Coventry is to be sold to a construction company, it has been announced.


Jaguar will sell its Browns Lane plant in Coventry to construction firm Delamar, it was announced on Wednesday.

The company which manufacturers ready-made houses and commercial buildings, will use the site as an assembling facility, investing £200 million and creating up to 2,000 jobs by the end of 2007.

Jaguar announced Browns Lane would close in September, 2004 and the last car rolled off the production line last July, but the wood veneer department remained open.

The department, home to 500 employees, will move to Jaguar's Whitley development centre, which will be the home of a new science park according to the Ford-owned car giant.

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last updated: 22/03/06
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Ian Abley
It is fantastic news. For the Midlands to turn to manufacturing homes is a great answer to the loss of automotive industry edge. It should be thought of as manufacturing homes as good as cars, but larger than the microflats normally built these days. And financed in ways like cars are so that they are far more affordable. Upgraded regularly with new bathrooms and kitchens, all bought through showrooms. Brilliant news.

Martin
Yes, it is very good news. It represents a diversification into new industries. Also Jaguar are keeping their engineering and research centre in the city, which is also very good news.

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