Jack Daniel’s moves on warehouses here

 

LUCY WILLIAMS

editor & publisher

 

“You might say we’re just coming home,” said Melvin Keebler, assistant general manager of Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Monday, referring to the shared history of the distillery and Lincoln County, and more particularly, the distillery’s plans to begin building warehouses here.

Jack Daniel’s, which operates under Brown-Forman, a 125-year-old Louisville, Ky.-based corporation, is on the agenda for the March meeting of the Lincoln County Planning Commission, where it will be requesting that its property here be rezoned from agricultural to industrial use.

That as the distillery plans to begin construction on the first of two warehouses here in Lincoln County – warehouses that each would store over 60,000 barrels, have over 80,000 square feet under roof and represent an investment of more than $6 million.

“We’re targeting April of 2019 as when we’d like to begin using the first warehouse,” said Keebler, noting that together, the two warehouses would represent an investment of close to $13 million here. “Then we’d plan to have the second warehouse ready for use a couple of months later, in June of 2019.”

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