From tyres to whiskey: Bushmills shows interest in Michelin’s Ballymena site

Michelin's Ballymena plant in County Antrim, Northern Ireland

As Michelin announced in November 2015, the tyre maker intends to close its Ballymena truck tyre factory in Northern Ireland; the plan is to wind down the facility, which currently employs around 860 people, between now and mid-2018. The stiff drink some plant workers may have needed after hearing the news isn’t the only connection between the Ballymena factory and alcohol – the BBC reports that Bushmills Whiskey has made enquiries about purchasing the site.

Very few details are known about Bushmills Whiskey’s plans, however the BBC shares that a company spokesperson confirmed Bushmills has explored the possibility of acquiring Michelin’s Ballymena location.

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