Independent Stave Company Breaks Ground on Commonwealth Cooperage

Independent Stave Company Breaks Ground on Commonwealth Cooperage
Posted: Jun 04 2019

On June 4, 2019 CRB project partner Independent Stave Company (ISCO) broke ground on construction of Commonwealth Cooperage, a new state-of-the art cooperage facility in Morehead, KY. Representatives from ISCO, CRB and local officials gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking which signified the beginning of construction on the approximately 150,000 square feet, $67 million project.

Using a ONEsolution™ approach, CRB’s team has worked closely with ISCO to progress the project through design and into construction. The future-cooperage will be located on 35 acres in Rowan county and is designed to increase production capacity of spirits barrels while accommodating future growth.

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“Our team has enjoyed working with ISCO on this state-of-the-art facility,” said Matt Hartung, project director at CRB. “It’s been an exciting challenge to design and now deliver a facility that will help ISCO meet strong demand in the bourbon industry.”

“We are excited to continue investing in and expanding our cooperage operations in the Commonwealth of Kentucky as we support the growth of our customers,” said Brad Boswell, CEO and fourth-generation cooper. “As our fourth domestic cooperage, Commonwealth significantly expands our production capabilities which will allow us to better serve the future needs of our customers.”

Morehead, Ky. is also home to Morehead Wood Products, a stave mill and Independent Stave Company subsidiary. Morehead was chosen as the site for Commonwealth Cooperage in large part because of the excellent work force and community support Morehead Wood Products has received since opening in 2015. When Commonwealth Cooperage is fully operational it will employ 200 full-time craftsmen to produce high-quality barrels for the spirits industry.

Independent Stave Company is a dynamic, family-owned cooperage company reaching customers in more than 40 countries. Founded by the Boswell family, Independent Stave Company still embraces the core values of family, innovation, community and hard work. 

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