An exclusivity agreement has been signed between Diageo and Kilmarnock-based Klin Group to allow the potential development of the company’s former packaging plant in the interests of the local community. 

KLIN Group, which is run by local entrepreneur Marie Macklin, will shortly announce the details of their intentions for the site and will take forward full community consultation.

Diageo has already gifted ten acres at the site to Kilmarnock College for the development of a new campus, with work due to start in August 2013. The exclusivity agreement relates to the remaining 23 acres of the site at Hill Street and Balmoral Road.

Bryan Donaghey, Managing Director, Diageo Scotland said: “We are pleased that KLIN Group, a local Kilmarnock business, has come forward with plans to engage the local community in a development plan with the aim of creating long-term positive benefit for the area.

“Diageo is very happy to support this potential development by making the land available subject to the plans meeting with local community approval and we wish Klin every success with putting the project together.”

Callum Spreng/Kirstin Stevenson
Spreng & Co
0141 548 5191

About Diageo in Scotland

  • Scotland is one of Diageo’s largest spirit supply centres responsible for producing around 50 million cases of leading brands of Scotch whisky and white spirits and over four million cases of Ready To Drink brands annually.
  • Around 85% of Diageo’s production in Scotland is sold overseas.
  • Diageo in Scotland currently employs around 4,000 people.
  • Diageo currently operates 28 malt distilleries and one grain distillery. As well as engineering and technical support functions, there are extensive warehousing and packaging operations in Scotland and the company’s Scottish headquarters are in Edinburgh.
  • Diageo is the owner of the Gleneagles Hotel, host venue of the Ryder Cup 2014.

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