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Friday, February 6, 2015

Hiram Walker boosts production, jobs

The Windsor Star/Grace Macaluso

A $9-million investment in Windsor’s Hiram Walker & Sons distillery and bottling plant is already paying dividends with the addition of staff and production, president and CEO Patrick O’Driscoll said Thursday.

“This new investment is great news for employees of Hiram Walker, but also great news for the community in general,” said O’Driscoll. “Hiram Walker has been a very strong employer and part of the Windsor community for years and years; this is just another very good initiative that assures the company’s future.”

The investment, announced in February 2014, enabled the company to install a new, more flexible and technologically advanced bottling line, which began full production in October, said Driscoll. The Ontario government contributed $1 million to the plant’s upgrades.

“We put in a line that really has a tremendous amount of flexibility in the size of product, bottle shapes and closures that we use, whether it’s cork or a screw cap,” said O’Driscoll.

Production has since been boosted by about 230,000 cases of product that had been bottled by a third party in Quebec, said O’Driscoll.

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