Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, a manufacturer of world-class bourbon barrels, announced it will create 51 new jobs when it opens its first Pennsylvania facility in Clarion County. Currently, the company has two locations in Kentucky.
Speyside will purchase 20 acres in Clarion Township and build a four-line, state-of-the-art stave mill to produce staves (narrow pieces of wood) and be used in producing high-quality bourbon barrels.
“We are so pleased to be joining the Clarion Township community. This location makes such good sense for our company,” said Speyside General Manager and Vice-President Darren Whitmer. “Clarion Township allows us to extend our footprint into an area rich in the natural resource we need to make our barrels – American White Oak. We have already experienced how great the community is, and we recognize that we have a ready workforce experienced in the wood industry we hope will join our team when the time comes.”
The company received a funding proposal from DCED for a $139,653 Pennsylvania First grant and a $63,000 workforce development grant to train its new workers. Speyside has committed to investing more than $14.6 million into the project and creating at least 51 new, full-time manufacturing jobs within the next three years.
Speyside Bourbon Cooperage Inc. has six current stave mills in the U.S. The company is a subsidiary of Speyside Cooperage Ltd., founded in Scotland in 1947. It is also the U.S. subsidiary of the parent company TFF Group, a global cooperage company based in St. Romain, France. The TFF group currently has businesses in 85 countries around the world and has been specialists in every aspect of the cooperage industry since 1906. For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or the Department of Community and Economic Development, visit the DCED website.
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