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Drinks giant closing Paisley plant

Chivas to cross Clyde in £40m plant switch

chivas-regalWhisky distiller Chivas Brothers is closing its bottling plant in Paisley and moving to a new £40m facility at its Kilmalid site in Dumbarton.

The firm said all permanent employees based in Paisley would move across the River Clyde from 2018. It has 460 full-time employees at Paisley and 600 at Kilmalid.

Chivas Brothers, part of French drinks giant Pernod Ricard, said the decision followed a review of its operations.

Chairman and chief executive Laurent Lacassagne said: “Our proposal is the next step towards achieving our leadership ambition and is a clear signal that we see a strong future ahead for both the industry and our business.

“This £40m investment will enhance and improve our operations and support the development of our global and iconic brands.

“This is a project of significant size and scale for Chivas Brothers which is why which we are announcing our proposal three years in advance.

“We want to provide ample opportunity to manage the transition of our business effectively and for our employees to adjust and adapt to working from a new site.”

Trade union Unite has called for reassurances on the move.

Unite regional officer Pat McIlvogue said: “It’s fair to say that the first reaction of our members to this news was shock, closely followed by anxiety.

“We believe the company should have made an effort to talk with Unite’s workplace representatives at Chivas in Paisley long before they made this huge announcement.

“The company has started a period of consultation on these proposals and we will be working with our members to get the answers they need going forward, and we will be looking for reassurances from the company around jobs, working conditions and the logistics of any proposed move.”

 Unite represents about 200 members at Chivas Brothers in Paisley.

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