Pernod-Ricard owned Scotch whisky brand Chivas Brothers has begun the construction of a £50 million bottling plant at its manufacturing facility in Dumbartonshire, Scotland.
The company’s operations in Scotland will be consolidated as a result of the investment, as the company will build the new bottling plant and office at its Kilmalid site, while the expansion will result in the closure of its manufacturing site in Paisley by 2019.
Approximately 600 people currently work at the Kilmalid site, and the 460 employees at the Paisley site have all been offered positions at the expanded site.
Around 50 employees were present at the ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony, and they were joined by chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers Laurent Lacassagne and Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie.
Lacassagne said: “It’s thanks to the hard work of all our team members here in Scotland that we’re in a position to make this investment, so everyone should be proud of what today represents.
“Breaking the ground is a very exciting and pivotal moment in our plans. It represents a major step change for our business as we continue to strive for operational excellence and strengthen our iconic Scotch whisky portfolio.
“It was fantastic to share this special occasion with colleagues, friends and partners because the new state-of-the-art bottling hall will bring opportunities for all of us.
“Not only will it bring economic benefits to Scotland, but also to the local Dunbartonshire community where we are proud to have built a rich 80-year legacy.”
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