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Diageo: Your comments

Diageo has announced job cuts across the company. The posts will go under a restructuring plan that will see the closure of its Port Dundas distillery in Glasgow and a packaging plant in Kilmarnock.

The firm said the closures would take place over the next two years and will make the business "more sustainable".

Kilmarnock is the home of Johnnie Walker whisky. Locals give their reaction to the BBC news website.


I live very near the Hill Street packaging plant in Kilmarnock and my mum, an aunt and an uncle have all worked there since leaving school. This will be disastrous for the whole area as this is the biggest employer in Kilmarnock.
Alan Banner

Diageo is the last major employer in Kilmarnock and this closure will be a hammer blow to the future of the town and to the job prospects of our children.
Archie Calderwood

Kilmarnock is the home of Johnnie Walker. Mr Walker must be spinning in his grave as he learns what's happening to the brand he lovingly crafted in his home town. I feel so sorry for the people that will be hurt by this and am terrified of the potential impact this will have on our town.
Frank Spencer

Diageo plant

This is devastating for Kilmarnock. Not only will hundreds of local families be directly affected by the job losses but the town's pride will receive a massive blow as our long connection with Johnnie Walker comes to an end. It feels like someone is tearing the heart out of our town and Johnnie Walker will be turning in his grave.
Maxine McInnes

This will be a major blow for the Kilmarnock area. For Diageo to say that they have offset the job losses at Kilmarnock by creating more at Leven is ridiculous considering there is about 70 miles between the two plants. For people to transfer to Leven would mean an extremely long commute or moving nearer to the area. At this economic time who is going to be able to sell their home and purchase a new one? It is a sad day for Kilmarnock.
Anonymous, Kilmarnock

It's disappointing to see jobs going but we can't be angry at this company, they are simply taking the steps to maintain the longevity of Johnnie Walker. Yes there will be tears when the gates close but what would be worse; keeping production in a place where the staff and size of operation mean supply massively outstrips demand?

This news is a calamity for the town of Kilmarnock and for Scotland as a whole. Kilmarnock is where John Walker opened his grocery shop and started what would be the world's foremost Scotch whisky producer; does that count for nothing today? The workforce of Kilmarnock have co-operated in all aspects, for almost two hundred years to strengthen the company; are they to be told they're no longer needed?
John Hampson

Kilmarnock was once proud of its links with Johnnie Walker, the largest provider of whisky in the world. But what now? 700 jobs are to go at the stroke of a pen and what is being done to halt this blow to the economy and devastation to the community?
Gordon Rutherford

Everyone in Kilmarnock knows someone who works at Johnnie Walker, in fact it is probably the greatest asset the town has at the moment and this will be a devastating blow to Killie. Similarly, the sight of the chimney at Port Dundas no longer in operation will also be a loss, similar to that when the Fountainbridge breweries of Edinburgh closed down.
C. Winter, Troon

This is an absolute disgrace. Have corporations completely thrown away all sense of social responsibility? Kilmarnock, a once great industrial town, will become a ghost town. After this announcement there are no major industry employers left in the area. Then you have the historical aspect. I am proud of the fact that I can go anywhere in the world, and when asked where I come from, I merely ask them to look at a Johnnie Walker label.
Alan Greig

As a Kilmarnock resident I am shocked by this. The Johnnie Walker plant is one of the main features of the town and I am proud to say I live in the same town where it is made. Also, I know several people who work, or have worked, in the plant. Its closure will be a severe blow to the town.
David Wallace, Kilmarnock

With Diageo currently restructuring and staff at Diageo Kilmarnock striving to enhance the business, this has been delivered as a real shock. Employees have taken holidays and unpaid leave to help support the business through what has been a very difficult period due to the downturn in sales from the credit crunch. After all the hard work and effort from the staff, this is a real kick in the teeth from Diageo.

Johnnie Walker will be turning in his grave at this news
Bill, Kilmarnock

Moving the production of Johnnie Walker whisky away from the home town in Kilmarnock will have a major impact on the local economy, not to mention other local businesses who support the site. How can Diageo still produce Johnnie Walker whisky, labelled as produced in the town from the days of the company founder, when they plan to close the doors on the blending and bottling plant which has been the pride of the town for well over a century?

Johnnie Walker will be turning in his grave at this news. This is a devastating blow to Kilmarnock and will have far reaching effects on the local economy and community.
Bill Stewart

I live in Kilmarnock and this may just turn it into a ghost town entirely. Why Kilmarnock as this is where Walkers first started?
Sharon Miller

Sorry just isn't good enough. This is the death knell for the town of Kilmarnock. This is the only major employer left in the town. I'm very angry and upset for the workers and my home-town.
Ray Hill, Limerick, Ireland

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