Glenrothes distillery takes a step closer to opening for business

Published: 5 Aug 2014 07:30

CONSTRUCTION work has started on a £7 million distillery project in Glenrothes – with the site expected to be up and running by this time next year (August 2015).

Cllr Craik, cllr Laird, Ian Palmer of InchDairnie and Gary Gibson of Colorado Group

Cllr Craik, cllr Laird, Ian Palmer of InchDairnie and Gary Gibson of Colorado Group

Fife-based distiller John Fergus & Co Ltd has confirmed that building work is now under way at its new ‘InchDairnie’ Lowland malt distillery, which has been named after the former estate where it’s being built, at Whitecraigs Road.

To mark the start of the work, managing director Ian Palmer joined depute council leader Lesley Laird and Glenrothes Area Committee chair cllr Altany Craik for a ‘sod cutting’ ceremony last week.

Palmer said: “We’re delighted that work has begun on our new distillery.

“The development includes up to nine maturation warehouses with a capacity to hold 200,000 maturing barrels. Funding for the project has been sourced from private investors and the company’s management and the project is also being supported by grants from the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise.”

Craik said: “It’s great news that work has now begun on this very exciting development for the town. As well as watching the new distillery take shape over the coming months, I’m sure the local community will also look forward to new jobs for the area too.”

Laird added: “InchDairnie is another example of the strong support the council and other partners can give to businesses looking to make Fife their home.

“The council is committed to supporting the business community and is working towards making Fife the best place to do business.”

The project is expected to create 15 new jobs in Glenrothes.

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