Slainté! Waterford whiskey business gets green light to expand local facility, creating new jobs
A long-established and highly successful Irish company has been given the go-ahead to expand its business in county Waterford, creating new jobs in the process.
Stafford Bonded, an alcohol importing, exporting, storage and distribution company, set up in Wexford more than 100 years ago, has been given permission to extend its business in the Waterford Airport Business Park in Kilowen.
Waterford City and County Council have granted permission for the completion of two new warehouses at the business park which would allow it to store and mature more than 5,000 liquid tonnes of whiskey.
Stafford Bonded currently use three warehouses at the Airport Business park for its business, and has now been granted permission to use two additional warehouses, currently under construction, to create extra capacity for its maturation process.
Due to whiskey being flammable, the company applied to the council requesting the warehouses being termed establishments to which the European Communities (Major Accident Hazards involving Dangerous Substances) Regulations 2006 apply. The council approved this request.
It is understood as part of the expansion, Stafford Bonded will be looking to increase the amount of staff on-site from five to eight employees.