Brown-Forman Corp. officials announced today expansion plans for the company’s Lynchburg-based Jack Daniel Distillery, a $103 million investment that is expected to yield 94 full-time positions over the next five years.
The move, Louisville-based Brown-Forman said, comes in response to global demand for the company’s Tennessee Whiskey and will include the addition of stills, barrel warehouses and related infrastructure to support the expanding operations.
Construction will begin this fall and is expected to be completed within two years. The distillery expansion will be located on distillery property in the Lynchburg area and tied to the same source of cave spring water.
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey has grown volume for 21 consecutive years, with the family of brands having increased global net sales by 9 percent during the last fiscal year.
“I want to thank the Jack Daniel Distillery for today's announcement and their continued investment in the people of Lynchburg and Tennessee," Gov. Bill Haslam said in a release. "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."
Bill Hagerty, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, said Brown-Forman’s expansion is “tremendous for the community” and underscores Tennessee’s top ranking for job growth in the Southeast.