Scottish Leather Group purchase (part of) Chivas factory

Scottish Leather Group purchase (part of) Chivas factory

Leather car seats rather than Scotch whisky. Scottish Leather Group purchase part of the former Chivas Brothers factory, located in Paisley, Scotland. In the new facility, they will be manufacturing car seats, therefore creating a considerable number of jobs. Just for the records, they had announced their expansion plans slightly less than a year ago, but the company had not provided any further details about it.

Scottish Leather Group purchase

In September 2019, the Scottish leather-tanning group announced the forthcoming opening of a new workshop in Paisley, where they already have another tannery. The company also announced its plans to hire around one hundred employees working in the automotive industry, yet they had not provided any further details about it.

They have now officially confirmed the news. The Council of Renfrewshire, which is the political authority governing the County, made public the deal agreement.  Local institution set the terms to purchase most of Chivas Brothers’ 24 acres, situated along Renfrew Road.

The area

Specifically, the area extends across slightly more than 9 hectares, that is, around 97,000 square metres. Here, over several years, the renowned distillery has been making one of most famous Scotch whiskeys in the world, therefore taking on hundreds of workers. On the one hand, the public council is going to buy out a vast majority of the site: their aim is to foster and create new development opportunities in the area; yet, on the other hand, Scottish Leather Group will also take part of it.

New outlook

As emphasized in the press release, Scottish Leather Group “are turning the North Hall into a new plant serving the manufacturing of car seats”. Here the group will create 100 new jobs by recruiting highly qualified employees, thanks to the activity carried out in their new workshop.

“We are very happy we successfully managed to take Chivas Brothers’ North Hall: thanks to this site portion, we will be able to expand our activity in Renfrewshire – commented Iain McFadyen, Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Leather Group –. At first, 100 people will work in the production site: as for duties and responsibilities, they will cut leather for high-quality car interiors”.

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