Jack Daniel Distillery expands, adding 90 new jobs
LYNCHBURG (WRCB) - The Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee is expanding their operation.
The parent company, Brown-Forman's investment of more than $100 million is expected to result in approximately 90 additional full-time jobs over the next five years.
Construction on the expansion will begin this fall and is expected to be completed within two years.
A second production building will go up on the same grounds as the current distillery site, which traces its roots back to a year after the Civil War ended.
Jeff Arnett, master distiller said "It's going to ensure that every drop of Jack Daniel's is made here in Lynchburg, TN, from the same water source."
Jack Daniel's sales have soared in the past decade, as the venerable brand has spread to more countries. The brand has had volume growth for 21 straight years, and its global net sales increased by 9 percent in the last year. Since 2004, global case sales have risen from about 7.7 million cases to nearly 11 million cases last year.
Governor Bill Haslam was on hand for Thursday's announcement, "I want to thank the Jack Daniel Distillery for today's announcement and their continued investment in the people of Lynchburg and Tennessee. This company is an American brand but, more importantly, a Tennessee brand well recognized across the world, making it a global ambassador for our home state. Jack Daniel's is one of our most historic exports, and it helps us in our efforts to bring new Tennessee products to the world marketplace."
The expansion is in response to global demand for its world-famous Tennessee sour mash Whiskey.
The investment includes the addition of stills, barrel warehouses, and related infrastructure to support the expanding operations.
The distillery expansion will be located on distillery property in the Lynchburg area and tied to the same source of cave spring water.