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Jack Daniel cooperage in Trinity sold; will continue to make barrels for distillery

TRINITY — Brown-Forman has sold its cooperage in Trinity to Independent Stave Company, the company announced today.

The cooperage will continue to make barrels for the Jack Daniel Distillery as part of a strategic relationship between the companies. ISCO will rename the Lawrence County facility from the Jack Daniel Cooperage to the Alabama Cooperage upon closing, expected by May 1.

“We believe that barrels are more than a container for our whiskey, they’re an important ingredient. This agreement helps ensure a steady supply of the same high quality barrels at a competitive price to Brown-Forman and Jack Daniel’s,” said Tim Nall, chief global supply chain and technology officer. “ISCO will continue to craft American White Oak barrels using the same meticulous process that we have for generations, keeping the quality and taste of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey consistent around the world.”

A barrel raiser adds two more staves to the barrel he is making. (Boozecruserblog.com)

In 2022, Brown-Forman sold its stave mill in Stevenson to ISCO and also sold cooperages in Ohio and Tennessee. Like these prior transitions, ISCO said it will offer employment to current cooperage employees.

“We are grateful to Brown-Forman for the opportunity to craft barrels of the highest quality for their iconic brand, Jack Daniel’s,” said ISCO CEO Brad Boswell. “Alabama Cooperage will be a great addition to our existing network of mills and cooperages. We will utilize our 112 years of industry experience to manufacture barrels to the exacting standards they have been adhering to in Trinity, since it opened in 2014.

“Our team looks forward to welcoming the employees in Trinity to the Independent Stave Company family.”

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