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Brown-Forman Stevenson mill project finds ‘natural fit’ in Northeast Alabama

STEVENSON, Alabama – Almost two years ago, Brown-Forman Cooperage, a subsidiary of the company that makes Jack Daniel whiskey, opened a mill in Stevenson to produce oak staves for the whiskey barrels that help give the liquor its distinctive taste.

Since that time, Bob Russell, the company’s manager of mills and wood procurement, said the Louisville, Ky.-based Brown-Forman Corp. has had a great relationship with the city and its people. He is confident that the company, which studied dozens of possible sites in the Tennessee Valley region, found the ideal location for the mill.

DCOM-Ag-SnipeStevenson, which stands on the edge of the Tennessee River in north Alabama’s Jackson County, has advantages that make it a natural fit for a variety of manufacturers. The town of about 2,000 residents is located within a two-hour drive to Birmingham, Atlanta and Nashville, and just 45 minutes from Chattanooga, Tenn. It’s only minutes from two interstate highways, and the four-lane U.S. Highway 72 extends to Huntsville, one hour away.

The town also has two major railroads, an excellent infrastructure system, low utility rates, and a low cost of living.  Industrial Development Board member Walter Vinson said Stevenson is fortunate to be located so close to several major cities, as well as have access to the Tennessee River

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