The firm is now trading as Glenfield Valves and still operates a base from Kilmarnock.
Protest and backing from the Scottish Government took place in 2009, after Diageo, the owner of Johnnie Walker announced plans to close the bottling plant in the town after 289 years.The economy of Kilmarnock today is largely dependent on skill force knowledge, with companies such as Vodafone (Teleperformance Call Centre) occupying a large part of the Rowallan Business Park Centre.Parish churches throughout Scotland collected money for the relief of these homeless citizens.A comparatively modest settlement until the Industrial Revolution, Kilmarnock extended considerably from around 1800 onwards, requiring the opening of King Street, Portland Street, and Wellington Street.Archibald Finnie and his family lived at Springhill House (now a nursing home) near the Grange Academy.
They owned many coal mines, pits and other companies in Springside and other places.
The bakery company, Brownings the Bakers, was established in 1945 in Kilmarnock, and today, operates a large production plant at the town's Bonnyton Inudstrial Estate, with products being distributed across Scotland via chains such as Aldi, Lidl and Scotmid.
The local newspaper, the Kilmarnock Standard has main offices in the centre of the town with publications taking place each Thursday per week.
Similar to the voting pattern shown at UK General Elections, in the Scottish Parliament elections, Kilmarnock had always been seen as a safe seat for Labour with an MSP representing the area since the parliament's re-establishments in 1999.
Kilmarnock is the home of the East Ayrshire Council Chambers and offices situated on the London Road, thus making Kilmarnock the main town within East Ayrshire .
The Member of Parliament for the Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency area in the Westminster parliament is Kilmarnock-born Alan Brown.