Kintyre firm buys Campbeltown Creamery site

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One of Kintyre’s biggest employers has bought the site of Campbeltown Creamery.

First Milk announced the completion of the sale of the site to McFadyens Transport Ltd for an undisclosed sum last Thursday.

McFadyens is one of the largest employers in Kintyre, with more than 100 people working across its construction and transport businesses, based in a shared yard and workshop at Glebe Street.

McFadyens Transport plans major, long-term investment at the creamery site, securing opportunities for the local skilled workforce.

Commenting on the announcement, Shelagh Hancock, chief executive of First Milk, said: ‘While I know this is the end of an era for Kintyre, we are pleased to have concluded the sale of our Campbeltown Creamery site to a local business that is committed to investing to secure employment opportunities for the area for the long-term.’

Charles McFadyen, director of McFadyens Transport, added: ‘Since our business was established in Campbeltown in 1901 we have been one of the town’s largest and continuous employers.

‘We have been looking for an alternative site for some time to house and repair our specialised transport equipment. We have great vision for what can be achieved at the creamery site and we are confident this acquisition  will allow us to develop the business, securing and enhancing opportunities for existing employees and the wider community.’

Councillor John Armour said: ‘It is sad to see the end of the creamery, a fixture in Campbeltown for so many years. Local farmers, ably led by James Barbour, tried to secure the future of the site but despite support from the Scottish Government and magnificent support from a crowdfunding campaign they were not able to find a financially viable long-term way forward.

‘It is good to see McFadyens Transport, a highly respected local company which provides much-needed work in Kintyre, buying the site and I have no doubt this will mean employment for locals in the development of the site and in the future.’

Councillor Rory Colville added: ‘The long-term retention of jobs is obviously good news and perhaps more reassuring is that a well-established company has the vision to invest in its own future and in doing so delivers a message Kintyre is open for business.’