Work has started on the building of a distillery in Glenrothes which is expected to lead to the creation of 15 new jobs for the town.
Milnathort-based John Fergus & Co Ltd marked the start of work on its new Lowland malt distillery, called InchDairnie, with a sod-cutting ceremony.
The company’s managing director Ian Palmer was joined at the site by Fife Council’s depute leader, Councillor Lesley Laird, and Glenrothes area committee chairman, Councillor Altany Craik, as well as Gary Gibson, joint managing director of construction firm Colorado Group, which is also building the Kingsbarns Distillery.
The new £7 million distillery, located at Whitecraigs Road, Glenrothes, and named after the former estate where it is being built, is expected to be open for business by August 2015.
Mr 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.”
Cllr Craik said it was “great news” that work had started on this very exciting and important development for the town.
He added: “As well as watching the distillery take shape over the coming months, I’m sure the local community will also look forward to new jobs for the area too.”
Cllr Laird, who is also the Council’s executive member for economy and planning, said InchDairnie was another example of the strong support the Council and other partners could give to businesses looking to make Fife their home.
She said: “The council is committed to supporting the business community and is working towards making Fife the best place to do business.”