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Bourbon barrel maker to open plant in Clarion County

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Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, a maker of bourbon barrels, plans to open its first Pennsylvania plant in Clarion County.

The company plans to invest more than $14.6 million to purchase 20 acres and build a mill to produce narrow pieces of wood used to make bourbon barrels. The project is expected to create at least 51 jobs over the next three years.

“We are very happy to join the community of Clarion Township. This location makes so much sense for our business,” said Speyside Managing Director and Vice-Chairman Darren Whitmer. “Clarion Township allows us to expand our footprint in an area rich in the natural resources we need to make our barrels: American white oak. We have already seen how great the community is and recognize that we have a ready and experienced workforce in the timber industry who we hope will join our team when the time comes.

The Department of Community and Economic Development submitted a funding proposal for a Workforce Development Grant of $63,000 to train its new workers and a Pennsylvania First Grant of $139,653.

Speyside Bourbon Cooperage is a subsidiary of Speyside Cooperage, a Scottish company, and TFF Group, a global cooperage company.

Speyside currently has six stave mills in the United States.