Jaguar Cars Ltd. has sold its historic Browns Lane site to a firm that makes prefabricated buildings.
Jaguar will move its headquarters, veneer manufacturing and car museum to a new business center next to its Whitley engineering center in the British midlands.
Jaguar would not say how much it received for the sale of the 117-acre site. It said that construction supplier Delamar would spend about $346.8 million to build a plant at the site and could employ as many as 2,000 workers within a year.
Jaguar has operated a plant at Browns Lane since 1951. But production of the XJ sedan and XK coupe there ended in 2005. Those vehicles are now built at Jaguar's plant in Castle Bromwich.
About 500 people work at Browns Lane, most of them in a plant that makes wood and metal trim for Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin vehicles.
That operation, along with the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust museum and Jaguar headquarters, will move to Whitley. The veneer operations and museum will stay at Browns Lane for up to 18 months until new facilities in Whitley are built, a Jaguar spokesman said.
Jaguar has had an engineering and r&d center in Whitley since 1985. The automaker is now developing 70 acres around that center into a business park, at a cost of about $277.7 million.
The business park will house the museum, veneer-making operations and a new customer call center.
The center will handle calls for Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford customers in the United Kingdom. Ford Motor Co. is contracting with Percepta, Wunderman and MSX International to run the call center.
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