MAHWAH, N.J., Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Jaguar Land Rover, North America, the Mahwah-based arm of British premium automaker Jaguar Land Rover Limited, announced today it has received Mahwah Township Planning Board approval to begin customizing and expanding an office complex on Rt. 17 North in Mahwah, within Bergen County, to be the site of its new North American headquarters. Construction on the existing facility will begin this year, with design by Gensler Architecture/Design Inc. The move to the new facility from the current headquarters in Mahwah is slated for early 2018.
Jaguar Land Rover is in the midst of multi-year growth streak with expanding product lineups for both its Jaguar and Land Rover brands. Through the first eight months of 2016, the company's U.S. sales have increased 46 percent and Canadian sales have increased 33 percent.
Jaguar Land Rover, North America is currently housed in its headquarters complex, which opened in 1989 on MacArthur Boulevard in Mahwah, where approximately 250 staff work. Jaguar Land Rover North America manages the automaker's business in the United States and Canada, providing support for 377 Jaguar and Land Rover retailers. The future 147,000 sq. ft. facility will allow the company to expand staff up to 315 employees in the coming years.
Technology will be at the forefront of the renovation, enabling employees to work smarter and more collaboratively with colleagues from around the world. In addition, Jaguar Land Rover plans to build a 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art product research, training and development center that will also be used for retailer and press events.
"To accommodate our growing business here in North America, we are pleased to move forward with developing a new expanded headquarters in our current home town of Mahwah in the state of New Jersey," said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. "We look forward to moving into a modern complex that reflects the new generation of Jaguar Land Rover products and provide a venue for events as well a location for the community to learn more about our brands."
The Township of Mahwah is only 30 minutes from New York City, has easy access to air and rail transportation, and is bordered by the towns of Upper Saddle River, Ramsey, Allendale, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Ringwood as well as Suffern, New York. As the largest municipality in Bergen County, Mahwah has more open space than any other town in Bergen County and has been able to keep its small town character while attracting corporations such as Datascope, Stryker, Seiko, and UPS.
"I am honored to welcome Jaguar Land Rover to their new location on a bigger stage, with a more prominent role within our community," said Mayor Bill Laforet. "Jaguar Land Rover is one of the more significant accomplishments of my administration. Early on, we set goals to retain and grow our corporate clients in Mahwah and I am pleased that Jaguar Land Rover has determined that Mahwah is the best town to continue to host its North American business."
The existing office building on Route 17 North will receive a major facelift with new finishes, windows and signage. The aesthetic will be sophisticated and dignified, reflecting Jaguar Land Rover's recently unveiled global "ARCH" retailer design standard and using the Company's trademark colors, Sunshine Gray with accents of silver metallic.
"Mahwah has long been an excellent home for our operations and is convenient and desirable for our workforce," said Lee Maas, Vice President, Development and Project Director, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. "We congratulate, and thank for their involvement, the town of Mahwah and Mayor Bill Laforet, as well as the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the office of the Governor of New Jersey. Together we have ensured a future home for Jaguar Land Rover in the area with a world class modern facility."
About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the UK's largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world's leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world's premier luxury sports sedan and sports car marques.
The company employs almost 38,000 people globally, with 330 in the U.S. and supports around 275,000 more through our dealerships, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centred in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil and India.
At Jaguar Land Rover we are driven by a desire to create class-leading products that deliver great customer experiences. The largest investor in R&D in the UK manufacturing sector, we have invested £12 billion (USD$15.7 billion) in the last five years and in the current year alone will spend over £3 billion (USD$3.9 billion) on new product creation and capital expenditure. Last year Jaguar Land Rover sold 487,065 vehicles in 160 countries, with more than 80% of our vehicles produced in the UK being sold abroad.
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