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Tennessee Hills Distillery Plans Bristol, Tennessee, Headquarters-Distillery

Tennessee Hills Distillery will locate its new headquarters in Bristol, Tennessee. The $21.3 million project is expected to create 45 jobs over the next five years.

The new location will join the company’s two existing operations in Jonesborough and Johnson City. Tennessee Hills Distillery will construct an automated distillery, which will be housed in the new 35,000-square-foot facility on nearly nine acres off Highway 11 West.

“We are so grateful for the support Tennessee Hill Distillery has received the last eight years enabling us to grow into a superregional brand. Our mission is building something all Tennesseans can be proud of. It is an honor to join the Bristol and Sullivan County business communities to grow manufacturing and “experiential” tourism in the region. Thank you, Governor Lee, Commissioner McWhorter, the TNECD team and the leaders of the region for helping empower our quest to provide the nation with a True Taste of Tennessee,” Tennessee Hills Distillery Founder Stephen Callahan said.

The headquarters will not only specialize in highly automated distilling and packaging but will also house a museum highlighting the history of Tennessee whiskey, NASCAR, music and the distilling process. Once complete, the facility is anticipated to be the fourth largest automated plant in Tennessee.

“At TNECD, we strive to provide the businesses that call our state home with the tools and resources needed to succeed. We are proud to continue being the home of Tennessee Hills Distillery and believe Bristol and Sullivan County will be the ideal atmosphere for the company’s expansion and new headquarters,” noted TNECD Commissioner Stuart McWhorter.

Founded in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and a subsidiary of Rugged American Spirits, Tennessee Hills Distillery, has been part of the Sullivan and Washington County communities since 2014. The company is well-known for establishing its first distillery in a historic salt house in Tennessee’s oldest town and for partnering with East Tennessee State University to build a brewing and distillation sciences program.

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