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Distillery expansion means more jobs, additional revenue

Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett (left) presents Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam with a commemorative barrel top following Brown-Forman’s announcement of the $103 million distillery expansion on Thursday, Aug. 22. Haslam was among several state digni-taries on hand at the Jack Daniel’s Visitor’s Center for the historic announcement. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett (left) presents Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam with a commemorative barrel top following Brown-Forman’s announcement of the $103 million distillery expansion on Thursday, Aug. 22. Haslam was among several state digni-taries on hand at the Jack Daniel’s Visitor’s Center for the historic announcement. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Officials at Jack Daniel’s Distillery announced last week a $103 million expansion that will bring with it approximately 90 new jobs to Moore County and the surrounding area. The distillery currently employs around 435 workers, the majority of which are full-time.

Adding 90 to 95 new workers over the next five years would be an increase of about 21 percent to the distillery’s local workforce.

“That’s one that’s really hard to put a number on, but 50 jobs here boils down to hundreds in other places. I don’t really know how to put a number on it,” said Metro Moore County Mayor Sloan Stewart. “There’s what, 40,000 people in Fayetteville, and when Goodman expands and they hire 200, that’s a big deal, so 50 jobs here is a tremendous boost.

“It will touch every county around, but any number of jobs here is (significant).”

Jack Daniel’s parent company, Brown-Forman Corp., has nearly 4,000 employees and generated $3.61 billion in revenue last year.

The investment in Jack Daniel’s amounts to the largest single production expansion in the brand’s long history. It will add stills and barrel warehouses at the Jack Daniel’s operations here in Lynchburg said Brown-Forman officials.

The distillery has been adding barrel warehouses at a rate of up to three a year to keep up with current growth. There are 78 warehouses now in operation, said John Hayes, Brown-Forman Senior Vice President.

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