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Closed and mothballed distilleries

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The Booker Noe Distillery in Boston has been under expansion and renovations for quite awhile. No distilling there. Some of the worker's were laid off and several were sent to Clermont Bottling. Bottling at Clermont has been reduced to a 4 day work week. They will know this week if things get better or worse.

Certainly that is a bummer to hear anybody is getting laid off or cutting back, given today's economic conditions. Historically beer & booze did reasonably well in down times, but this cycle is different. Being from MI, we know tough times and hopefully everybody can get back to work.

The post I read was likely from a year or two ago and didn't indicate if it was just JB White or all the Beam products in terms of production.

TJ

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ThomasH

Beam must be way out ahead in inventory if they have a distillery down, people on lay off and are only bottling 4 days a week. I know over the holiday season here, whiskey sales were down. The state always truckloads all the stores just before the holidays, with the common brands stacked up in displays around the store. JB white, JD black and Black Velvet are always stacked high and deep in the stores. In my local store, the stacks are just now disappearing. It probably hasn't helped that the prices have gone up so much on so many of the basic brands. JB white and Beams Choice green label have had some of the stepest increases in this area!

Thomas

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cowdery

It's not unusual, even in good times, for shipments to be down in January, as everybody builds up inventories for the holidays. People do their inventory counts in January, so a slow January on the producer/distributor side is typical. This could easily be reflected in producer bottling, something that's more seasonal than symptomatic of the bad economy.

Likewise, the distilleries are producing for four years from now, so that has nothing to do with the present economy. Beam is expanding at Boston and needs to shut down for some of the work to be done. Again, not good for the people who are missing paychecks, if any are, but not really related either to the economy or to Kentucky's recent tax hike.

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It's not unusual, even in good times, for shipments to be down in January, as everybody builds up inventories for the holidays. People do their inventory counts in January, so a slow January on the producer/distributor side is typical. This could easily be reflected in producer bottling, something that's more seasonal than symptomatic of the bad economy.

Likewise, the distilleries are producing for four years from now, so that has nothing to do with the present economy. Beam is expanding at Boston and needs to shut down for some of the work to be done. Again, not good for the people who are missing paychecks, if any are, but not really related either to the economy or to Kentucky's recent tax hike.

Wrong...

It is a refection of the economy!

Inventory is done in December...We are usually trying to catch the back log long into January.

Beam is on a 4 day work week now and even during the height of the Christmas rush they went to a 4 day work week...

The slow time is March and April....They will offer vacation time so that folks who have children can be with them during "spring break"....things start to pick up in May.

These are bottling notes. The distilleries produce no matter what...

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