AUDIO: Distillery’s Products In Demand
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Business is good at the MGP Ingredients Distillery – formerly the Seagrams Distillery – these days.
Seagrams spirits are still distilled in Lawrenceburg, along with many other brands in high demand on a global level.
“We’re running flat-out and actually can’t keep up with demand right now. Brown goods, especially. We’re breaking out into a lot of exotic mash bills as we speak,” said master distiller Greg Metze, who has worked for 30 years at the distillery.
General manager Jim Vinoski says the with the 167-year-old distillery considered one of the world’s most-automated, MGP Ingredients is in a great position with the products it produces in “The Spirit City”.
HEAR EAGLE 99.3’S INTERVIEW WITH MGP INGREDIENTS DISTILLERY GENERAL MANAGER JIM VINOSKI AND MASTER DISTILLER GREG METZE IN THE PLAYER BELOW.
“We literally cannot make enough to fill the demand coming our way. We’re trying to figure out how we ramp up as quickly as we can to meet what our customers want us to do,” Vinoski, in his second year as the distillery’s GM, said.
Employment increases have been steady at the facility, according to general manager Jim Vinoski. When MGP Ingredients took over the plant there were about 60 employees. Today, that number stands at about 80, plus some contracted employees.
“We may see that continue to grow as we ramp up production,” Vinoski said.
The alcohol produced at the distillery is largely bottled at another local company, Proximo Distillers, just a couple blocks away on Front Street. That company has also been expanding and adding jobs with the help of a $1 million grant by the City of Lawrenceburg awarded in December.