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Meet... our Airdrie team

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Meet... our Airdrie team

It used to be a fairly common occurrence to find several members of families working together under the one roof. With the decline in what were traditional industries in this country, it is now much rarer for children to follow their parents' career paths.

However, the tradition is still going strong at Inver House Distillers which employs two families from Caldercruix - the Morgans and the Reillys - with generations working side by side.

Chic Morgan, his son John and grandson John junior have clocked up a grand total of 65 years' combined service at the Airdrie distillery.

Chic started at Inver House in 1974, with John senior joining his father there in 1988. And John junior (29) arrived in 2003.

John senior (50) had worked as a painter and in demolition before hearing of an opening in the warehouse department from his dad.

He said, "My dad was here for 32 years. He retired in 2006 but all three of us were here for a few years together. I started on a temporary three-month contract and I'm still here!" "My son used to work in an office in Glasgow. When he started I wasn't sure if he would last but he has been here for eight years now."

"Working together does have its benefits, as he gives me a run to work in the morning! We don't act any different to each other here than we do at home - he winds me up all the time but we work in different squads."

Meanwhile the Reilly family, also from Caldercruix, currently have five members employed at the distillery.

Jo Morrison is responsible for facilities and visitor hospitality and her two sisters Margaret Kelly and Lorraine Parker are also with the company.

They work alongside nephews David Reilly (44) Assistant Production Manager, and his brother Brian (31) who works in blending and maturation.

They are sons of Jo's other sister Betty, who was also a valued member of the staff at Inver House until her death last year.

Jo (50) believes that the family ties are beneficial not only to them but to the company. "We wouldn't want to let each other down and it works well for us. "Betty was the first one in, then Margaret arrived and has been here for 22 years, and now myself, Margaret and Brian all travel into work together."

Both John and Jo were in full agreement that Inver House is a good place to work and that the entire workforce are all just like one big happy family.

The Airdrie distillery was initially owned by American company Publicker Industries. It is now owned by Thai Beverages, owners of Chang Beer, with Inver House employing 181 people in the UK.