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Diageo cooperage plan on track

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Diageo will transfer 40 jobs from nearby Carsebridge to the new site

Drinks giant Diageo has said it is fully committed to expanding its operations in Clackmannanshire.

The pledge comes after the firm rejected Scottish government proposals to save 900 Diageo jobs in Kilmarnock and Glasgow.

The company said building a £9m barrel factory in Cambus, employing 70 people, was part of plans "fundamental" to its long-term sustainability in Scotland.

The move will see Cambus become the company's Scottish cooperage base.

Diageo is one of Clackmannanshire's biggest employers with a coppersmith workshop in Alloa and a European Technical Centre and Archive in Menstrie.

Their bond at Blackgrange is the largest warehouse complex in Europe holding about three million casks.

They want to create a cooperage in Cambus and close the existing one in nearby Carsebridge, transferring about 40 jobs to the new site.

'Coopering hub'

Known for names like Guinness and Johnnie Walker whisky, Diageo announced plans to cut back its Scottish workforce in July following a wide ranging business review.

In a statement the firm said: "The proposals we announced in July will ensure that we remain globally competitive, we believe that they are fundamental to securing the long-term sustainability of our operations in Scotland.

"As part of this restructuring, we will continue to support the craft of coopering through a proposed investment of £9m in the creation of a new coopering hub at our existing Cambus site.

"This would allow us to move to a more appropriate location with better logistics and also upgrade our operations.

"The plans would see us relocate around 40 coopering jobs from Carsebridge to Cambus together with some roles relocating from Dundashill to create a total of about 70 jobs at the new Cambus cooperage."

The company aims to complete the move by the summer of 2011, following the proposed closures of Dundashill Cooperage in Glasgow and Carsebridge Cooperage in Alloa.

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