November 7, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Department of Commerce

Jack Daniel's Parent Company To Build Mill In Jackson County

Published: Saturday, November 05, 2011
Budd McLaughlin, The Huntsville Times
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This 2009 photo shows people viewing barrels of aging whiskey while on a tour of the Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn. A mill in Stevenson, Ala., will produce the wood to make the barrels of the famed whiskey. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

STEVENSON, Alabama -- In what is being called a "a good fit," a subsidiary of the makers of Jack Daniel's whiskey will open a mill in Stevenson to produce materials for whiskey barrels.

Officals with Brown-Forman Cooperage, a subsidiary of Brown-Forman Corp., and local city and county officials made the announcement Friday.

"Brown-Forman Cooperage is very excited about opening a stave mill in Stevenson and we look forward to becoming a partner in the local business community," said Greg Roshkowski, vice president/general manager of Brown-Forman Cooperages.

"We are excited to have this quality company select our community to build their next mill," said Stevenson Mayor Rickey Steele. "I would also like to thank the Stevenson Industrial Development Board, the Stevenson Utility Board, North Alabama Electric Co-Op, and the Jackson County Economic Development Authority for all of their work on this project. These groups worked tirelessly behind the scenes on this project. 

"Brown-Forman will make a significant investment and add 30 jobs during a tough economy. We are grateful for their investment in our community."

At a 55-acre site just north of Stevenson, the mill - to be known as Brown-Forman Cooperages' Stevenson Mill - will use grade white oak logs to make whiskey barrels for the Lynchburg, Tenn., distillery.

"It's a good fit for us," said Dus Rogers, president/CEO of the Jackson County Economic Development Authority. "There is a large supply from the tri-state (Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia) region.

"It's a nice site and a good opportunity for us."

When fully operational, the mill will employ more than 30 people. Brown-Forman Cooperage also operates mills in Jackson, Ohio and Clifton, Tenn.

"The Jack Daniel's name ... is world-renowned and they are a terrific company," Rogers said. "They have a significant investment in Lynchburg, Tenn., and we are delighted they have chosen to locate their next manufacturing facility here, and we welcome them to Jackson County." 

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