By Adelina Osan, Associate Editor
Nashville, Tenn.—Lynchburg-based Jack Daniel’s Distillery is planning a $140 million expansion in Moore County. The project, which calls for the construction of two new barrelhouses and the expansion of an existing facility to provide additional bottling and shipping capacity, will create 30 additional jobs.
“Jack Daniel’s is a Tennessee tradition that was born in one of Tennessee’s smallest counties and has grown into a globally recognized brand. That says a lot about the quality and commitment of Moore County’s workforce,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said in prepared remarks. “I thank Brown-Forman and the Jack Daniel Distillery for their continued investment in Lynchburg and bringing us closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
The current expansion will also involve renovations of the Visitor Center to support increased tourism and enhance the visitor experience. Last year, the Distillery received more than 275,000 guests from around the world.
“The bourbon and American whiskey category is booming, and we appreciate the support of our Tennessee state and economic development officials as we work to meet global demand for Jack Daniel’s,” added Larry Combs, SVP general manager of Jack Daniel’s Supply Chain. “We are especially proud that this second expansion announcement comes as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, America’s Oldest Registered Distillery.”
This is the second recent improvement of the Lynchburg facility, which underwent a separate expansion less than three years ago. The project included the addition of stills, barrel warehouses and related infrastructure, resulting in 94 new jobs and a $103 million investment.
“Lynchburg is proud to be home to America’s oldest registered distillery and a world class tourist destination,” stated Metropolitan Lynchburg-Moore County Mayor Sloan Stewart. “Jack Daniel’s is an outstanding corporate citizen, and we appreciate all that they have done to give back to the community. We congratulate them on the expansion and look forward to many years of success in the future.”
Image courtesy of Jack Daniel’s Distillery