Chivas deal brings £40million boost
Huge boost for the local economy
A £40million expansion of Chivas Brothers in Dumbarton signals that the area is “open for business”.
West Dunbartonshire Council last week agreed to grant the firm permission to expand its bottling facilities at Kilmalid, bringing hundreds of jobs to the town.
Politicians in the area say the decision marks a huge boost for the local economy and will likely attract further investment from employers looking to expand and grow their operations.
The decision marks a huge step forward in Chivas Brothers’ plans to invest in creating a new state-of-the-art facility at the firm’s premises in the Vale of Leven Industrial Estate.
The whisky firm will eventually transfer all of its staff in Paisley to the new Dumbarton site.
Laurent Lacassagne, chairman and CEO at Chivas, said: “Today’s decision marks the beginning of a hugely exciting new era for our business and through this investment we will deliver our ambition to achieve excellence in our operations, enabling us to develop and grow our portfolio of iconic and global brands.
“It’s an exciting time in the industry, with Scotch growing in value and volume and exports increasing by four percent last year, and our expansion will enable us to lead the way and capitalise on the opportunities this brings.
“With an 80-year history in Dumbarton we’re proud to be investing and expanding in this community and look forward to progressing the project to the next stage.”
West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes said the planning approval was “great news” for the area.
He stated: “Chivas Brothers is a long-established employer in West Dunbartonshire and this multi-million pound investment represents a boost to the local economy which I hope will secure further skilled employed opportunities.
“It sends a clear message that West Dunbartonshire is open for business and well placed to attract further investment from employers looking to expand and grow their operations.
“Dumbarton’s whisky industry has a proud history and continues to play an important part in the success of Scotland’s food and drink industry.”
The whisky and gin producer, which is owned by drinks company Pernod Ricard, aims to begin work immediately on its new bottling plant, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie also welcomed the move, saying: “This is great news for Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven. The decision was a huge vote of confidence from Chivas Brothers in our local economy.
“The successful planning application marks the next step of the journey to Dumbarton becoming home to the most iconic global whisky brand, securing hundreds of local jobs for the future.”
The council’s planning committee unanimously agreed to grant permission last week.
Planning officer Pamela Clifford said Chivas also planned to build new office accommodation at the site but that the location and design has not been decided.
Expansion An artist’s impression of the new plant