Facility Upgrade Supports Job Growth and Product Innovation
WINDSOR, ON, Feb. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Hiram Walker & Sons Limited today announced
a further investment in its Windsor production and bottling facility, as part
of its $8 million investment in the site this year. The investment, which
includes a significant contribution from the Ontario Government's Rural
Economic Development Program (RED), will allow the facility to produce new
product lines and increase production by 230,000 cases. With today's
announcement, Hiram Walker & Sons will have invested more than $80 million in
the last 10 years.
With more than 280 employees, the Hiram Walker facility is one of Windsor's
largest employers and the only "grain to glass" operation in Ontario. It also
serves as a North American centre for innovation and new product development,
information technology, procurement and purchasing. Hiram Walker has been
producing spirits in Canada since the 1850s and is the largest producer of
bulk spirits in Canada. Hiram Walker is wholly owned by Pernod-Ricard S.A. of
Paris, the worldwide co-leader of wine and spirits.
"We have been a strong part of the Windsor manufacturing community for over
150 years, and this investment is part of our continued commitment to the
growth of the company and the region," said Patrick O'Driscoll, President of
Hiram Walker & Sons. "The new production volume will benefit our workforce as
we smooth out the variability in seasonal peaks to offer more stable
employment, and result in enhanced partnership opportunities for our
customers. We want to thank the Government of Ontario for their contribution
and our UNIFOR union partners for their support of this exciting milestone in
our company's history."
The investment in its bottling and blending facilities includes a $1 million
RED grant. The grant was announced today by Hon. Teresa Piruzza, MPP, at a
press conference at the Windsor Hiram Walker facility on behalf of Ontario's
Premier Kathleen Wynne. The Ontario Ministry of Rural Affairs' RED Program is
designed to strengthen and diversify rural economies to enable Ontario to
build strong, vibrant communities and regions. Hiram Walker & Sons currently
supports the Essex and Kent Counties' agriculture industry by purchasing 4.2
million bushels of local grain annually.
"Today's announcement is exciting news for our city and region," said Mayor
Eddie Francis. "The Hiram Walker facility is a landmark in Windsor, both for
its longstanding role as an employer and its contributions to this community.
This investment will not only allow for much needed job stability in our city,
but it will help Hiram Walker attract new production opportunities and expand
its product innovation."
With this investment, Corby Spirit and Wine, which is majority owned by Hiram
Walker & Sons Limited, will transfer the production of some of its brands,
including McGuinness® and Meaghers® liqueurs, to the Hiram Walker facility.
That transfer is expected to begin in the fall of 2014. New equipment will
also allow the plant to manufacture smaller quantities of brands, allowing
greater flexibility for new product innovation.
About Hiram Walker
Established over 150 years ago, Hiram Walker & Sons Limited's tradition of
blending quality ingredients, processes and highly skilled people continues at
the Windsor, Ontario based production facility. Hiram Walker is a subsidiary
of Pernod Ricard S.A., a leading global spirits and wine company with premium
international brands such as ABSOLUT® vodka, Chivas Regal®, The Glenlivet®
and Ballantine's® Scotch whiskies, Jameson® Irish whiskey, Beefeater® gin,
Malibu® rum, Kahlúa® liqueur, Mumm® champagne, and Jacob's Creek® and,
Wyndham Estate® Stoneleigh®, Campo Viejo® and Graffigna® wines. Hiram
Walker produces brands such as, Wiser's®, Lot 40®, and Pike Creek® Canadian
whiskies, Polar Ice® vodka, Malibu® and Lamb's® rums, and Criollo®
liqueurs for Canadian distribution by its affiliate, Corby Spirit and Wine
SOURCE Hiram Walker & Sons Limited
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