First Minister hails investment in Dundee

First Minister Alex Salmond has hailed a multi-million pound investment in Dundee’s Michelin plant, creating 140 jobs and securing the 750-strong workforce.

The funds will be used to create a new production line at the factory to produce Michelin’s environmentally-friendly low rolling resistance tyres.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: “It is incredibly exciting and a great win for the city. Dundee is going places and the company are recognising that.

“In the last three years the workforce in Dundee has taken the Michelin plant to the top of the ranking in virtually every assessment across the Michelin group.

“To be able to win this great investment in the most difficult of economic circumstances speaks volumes for the quality of the Scottish workforce and the track record speaks for itself.”

Shona Robison, SNP MSP for Dundee City East, said: “This is fantastic news for Michelin and Dundee. It represents much needed private sector investment in the city and will not just secure the future of the many jobs already at Michelin but will also ring much needed new jobs and training opportunities, particularly for young people.”

Joe Fitzpatrick, SNP MSP for Dundee City West, said: “This success is down to the hard work and efforts of staff and management at Michelin, working in partnership with the Scottish Government to secure this investment for Dundee.

“I know both the Finance Secretary John Swinney and the First Minister have personally worked very hard over recent months to bring this investment to the city."