Diageo, the multi-million pound drinks company have made a final decision to close the Johnnie Walker factory in Kilmarnock and Port Dundas distillery in Glasgow, as the bottling plant is no longer financially viable in the current economic down turn.
Although a government backed business plan was submitted to the drinks firm to keep the plant running they have rejected the proposal as it is not commercially viable and now considers the matter closed. The distillery closure will see the loss of 700 jobs in Kilmarnock and 200 in Glasgow.
The plans brought forward by the multi-agency Johnnie walker taskforce would have still seen 500 jobs lost but would have created 400 jobs in Fife. David Gosnell of Diageo Global Supplies stated “I appreciate their efforts but the taskforce has no workable alternative to deliver what Diageo needs,” and continues to believe there was no alternative to the closure. Financial Secretary for Scotland, John Swinney said he was “deeply disappointed” by the decision and the massive impact it will have upon the Scottish manufacturing trade.
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