By PHILLIP RAWLS
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The parent company of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey is expanding in Alabama.

Company officials joined Gov. Robert Bentley at the Capitol on Thursday to announce the construction of a barrel-making plant in the Hillsboro community in Lawrence County.

Executives with the parent company Brown-Forman say it will invest as much as $60 million in the plant. It's slated to begin production in May 2014 and will have about 200 employees when it reaches full production.

The vice president of Brown-Forman Cooperages, Greg Roshkowski, said the starting wage will be about $16 an hour.

Brown-Forman last year picked Stevenson in northeast Alabama for a mill that cuts the staves for barrels. It will open in about two weeks with 30 employees.

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