Industry hit with loss

News March 06, 2001
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Joseph Cyril Bamford, CBE, founder of J C Bamford Excavator Group of Companies died on March 1 at the age of 84

Joseph Cyril Bamford, CBE, founder of J C Bamford Excavator Group of Companies died on March 1 at the age of 84. JCB Inc. made the announcment during a press conference at World of Concrete in Las Vegas, where the company unveiled its latest models--the 160 and 170 Robot Skid Steer Loaders, the JCB JZ70 mini-excavator and the JCB 5508 Loadall.


Bamford, known universally as "Mr. JCB", joined his family firm which manufactured agricultural machinery after World War II.


On Oct. 23, 1945, he set up his own company in a lock-up garage in Uttoxeter, England. He rented the place for 30 shillings a week while making his first product--a tipping trailer using army surplus material and a second-hand, 50-shilling welding machine. He sold the product at Uttoxeter market for 45 pounds.


Bamford introduced hydraulic engineering into his work in 1948, and in succeeding years he built and marketed the classic JCB backhoe loader. The machine became the foundation of the companies fortunes.


JCB is currently one of the world's top five manufacturers of construction equipment, producing machines on three continents. The company has 4,500 employees, and in 1999 had sales of 833 million pounds and a profit of 91.2 million pounds.


Highway proponent William Stratton passed away on Friday, March 2.


Stratton, Illinois' 32nd governor, built the state's interstate highway system. During his two terms as governor, the Toll Highway Commission was created and 187 miles of expressways were built in the northeastern region of the state. By the time he left office, 7,057 miles of roadways and 638 bridges had been added.


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