Cooperage company celebrates growth as it doubles headcount and floorspace

28/02/2024
Jamie, Andrew and Stephen Reilly

WESTWAY Cooperage is doubling the size of its premises at Canmoor’s Westway, to accommodate a growing workforce and order book for 2024.

The company, which trades and repairs oak casks for the Scotch whisky industry was established just two years ago by brothers Jamie, Andrew and Stephen Reilly. The brothers are third-generation master coopers, with their family having been in the cooperage industry since 1961.

It is now expanding into Units 7A and 7B, at Westway, Glasgow Airport. This equates to an additional 5,300 sq ft unit, with overall floorspace increasing to 9,400 sq ft. A new 10-year lease has been agreed.

The expansion is designed to bolster the ongoing growth of the business, which now employs 14 staff, including 2 directors, 8 coopers, 1 labourer and an apprentice.

Jamie Reilly, Director of Westway Cooperage said:

“2024 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for Westway Cooperage. Our strategic investment in additional space paves the way for the expansion in our cask repair capacity for our key client base.”

“Westway remains our ideal location, providing the flexibility needed for growth.”

Gregor King, Canmoor’s Asset Manager at Westway added: 

We are delighted to have concluded this new lease with Westway Cooperage to facilitate their expansion into a refurbished unit as a consequence of the growth of their business.  

“This is a perfect illustration of the benefits of locating at Westway, where a single entity owns the entire estate and we therefore have greater flexibility to accommodate our occupiers’ changing requirements.

“The growing appeal of Westway reflects our commitment to improving existing buildings and developing best in class industrial space with market-leading ESG credentials. This strategic focus is receiving positive feedback from potential occupiers in the Scottish market and we expect to be making further announcements about new lettings in the near future.”

“Construction work is also progressing well on Westway 90 and Westway 200, our two brand new speculative sheds, which will bring an additional 300,000 sq ft of high quality industrial/logistics space to the park.”

Westway lies approximately 7 miles west of Glasgow City Centre and adjacent to Glasgow International Airport. Westway is accessed from J28 via Glasgow Airport and the new Barnwell Bridge, the four way J27 of the M8 motorway, just 1.2 miles away, which provides access to Glasgow, Edinburgh, M74, M77, M80 and in turn the national motorway network.

Andrew McCracken, Director of agent JLL said:

“Westway stands as one of Scotland’s premier industrial parks, consistently drawing in substantial interest from industrial and logistics occupiers. Witnessing a new, ambitious business opt to expand its base here is truly encouraging.”

Canmoor’s joint leasing agents are JLL and Colliers, with management by Knight Frank.

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