Drinks giant Diageo has unveiled plans for a major new malt whisky distillery in Easter Ross.
If it is given the go ahead by Highland Council, the firm will spend £50m building the facility at Teaninich, near Alness.
Although it will bring construction jobs to the area, only 20 employees will be needed to run the plant round the clock.
The development, which will make enough for 13 million litres of spirit every year, will be the second major malt distillery built in more than 30 years.
It follows Roseisle in Moray, which began production in 2009.
Site Manager for the company, Kirsty Dagnan said: "We are planning for the future; we expect production to increase over the next 10 to 15 years.
"Out of three possible sites Teaninich came out on top because we have a good road network, we have a large area here and we've got a good water supply.
"The other two sites still have potential for the future so we'd never rule those out."
She also said it's a "really exciting time" to be a part of Diageo and that this announcement is "great news" for the local area.
Work is due to start in 2014.