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Ont. grain to feed whisky plant expansion

Scottish liquor company William Grant and Sons is planning to add equipment and boost production at its Hiram Walker plant in Windsor, Ont. to handle and bottle the Gibson’s Whisky product lines.

Installation of the new equipment will be funded by an $850,000 investment from the Ontario government, the province announced Friday.

“This new
production will benefit the agricultural sector in Essex and Chatham Kent
through the purchase of additional grain for the production of spirits,” the province said.

“Once production is up and running, grain will be sourced locally from

Ontario farmers for the production of Gibson’s Whisky. The investment will
also help retain existing jobs at the facility and has the potential to create
more jobs as production increases.”

“Thanks to this investment, the future just got brighter for farmers in
Essex County,” Essex MPP Bruce Crozier said in the province’s release. “Hiram Walker’s commitment to buy grain from local producers will
go a long way toward supporting our farmers and building a more prosperous
Essex County.”

The provincial government’s funding will flow through its Rural Economic Development Program.

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