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#TakeOverTuesday: Meredith Harless, Speyside Cooperage, Jackson County

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Hello! I am Meredith Harless from for your #TakeOverTuesday! I am the finishing and logistics supervisor at Speyside Cooperage in Jackson County. Each year, it produces and repairs nearly 150,000 oak casks used by the surrounding Speyside Whisky distilleries, as well as distilleries throughout Scotland and the rest of the world. Behind me are the cooling lanes. This is the start of my department and the finishing process where barrels will get their hoops placed on them, drilled, and tested before being placed on trailers to be shipped. One of our wood suppliers is Ed Robbins, who is also a Pike County Farm Bureau member. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Meredith Harless of Speyside Cooperage in Jackson County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiowhiskey #ohiodistilleries #ohiodistillery #whiskey #whiskeybarrels #ohiowhiskeybarrels #ohiobourbon #bourbonbar #bourbonbarrels #SpeysideCooperage

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Speyside Cooperage has specialized in providing barrels for spirit-making since 1947. The Jackson, Ohio Cooperage began production in May of 2016 and is the first Speyside facility to focus solely on the production of new, charred, white oak barrels for the bourbon industry. Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc. is a subsidiary of Tonnellerie Francois Freres, a global cooperage company. Our aim at Speyside Bourbon Cooperage is to ensure that barrels become a modern spirit-making instrument by combining age-old craftsmanship and state of the art techniques and equipment developed by our research and development department. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Meredith Harless of Speyside Cooperage in Jackson County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiowhiskey #ohiodistilleries #ohiodistillery #whiskey #whiskeybarrels #ohiowhiskeybarrels #ohiobourbon #bourbonbar #bourbonbarrels #SpeysideCooperage

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The Jackson, Ohio Cooperage is located at the intersection of State Route 93 and US Route 32, just off US Route 35. We invite you to visit our environmentally friendly plant and see how we make our barrels in Jackson, Ohio. Please contact us today to schedule a visit! (740) 688-2160. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Meredith Harless of Speyside Cooperage in Jackson County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiowhiskey #ohiodistilleries #ohiodistillery #whiskey #whiskeybarrels #ohiowhiskeybarrels #ohiobourbon #bourbonbar #bourbonbarrels #SpeysideCooperage

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We make almost everything on the barrel in house, including the heads. Heads are made from raw pieces of white oak that are planed, profiled, jointed, and charred also. We make around 1400 sets of heads daily. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Meredith Harless of Speyside Cooperage in Jackson County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiowhiskey #ohiodistilleries #ohiodistillery #whiskey #whiskeybarrels #ohiowhiskeybarrels #ohiobourbon #bourbonbar #bourbonbarrels #SpeysideCooperage

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The steel hoops come in big rolls which we purchase out of house, however, they are ran through a machine which cuts, punches, and flares them to our specs and are used on our barrels. You can even find an “S” on the rivets to differentiate our barrels from others. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Meredith Harless of Speyside Cooperage in Jackson County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiowhiskey #ohiodistilleries #ohiodistillery #whiskey #whiskeybarrels #ohiowhiskeybarrels #ohiobourbon #bourbonbar #bourbonbarrels #SpeysideCooperage

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We take a lot of pride in trying to make the best barrel in the game. Quality, quality, quality! Not only do we want our barrels to look nice, but we want the whiskey that comes out of them to look and taste even better. Thanks for following along today! We hope to see you soon! . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Meredith Harless of Speyside Cooperage in Jackson County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiowhiskey #ohiodistilleries #ohiodistillery #whiskey #whiskeybarrels #ohiowhiskeybarrels #ohiobourbon #bourbonbar #bourbonbarrels #SpeysideCooperage

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Amanda Domsitz 

Amanda Domsitz is a communications specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau.