Case Study – Three Virginia Locations Serve Speyside Bourbon Cooperage

Case Study by: Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc. is an offspring of Speyside Cooperage Ltd., founded in Scotland in 1947. In 2008 Speyside Cooperage was sold to the Tonnellerie François Frères Group, a global cooperage company founded in 1906 and headquartered in Saint Romain, France. As of 2015, the company maintained two cooperages in Scotland and two in the United States in Kentucky and Ohio.

When Speyside Bourbon Cooperage began the search for its first U.S. stave mill manufacturing location in 2016, Bath County, Virginia, provided the best business scenario for the company’s “flagship facility” to thrive. Officially opened in Spring 2018, Speyside’s Bath County state-of-the-art stave mill manufactures white oak staves and headers used in the production of bourbon barrels, using only the finest white oak sourced from Virginia.

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