Chivas deal brings £40mil­lion boost

Huge boost for the lo­cal econ­omy

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Jenny Foulds

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.