In 2018, Lantz Construction completed a new 28,726 square foot stave mill for Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc. in aptly named Millboro (Bath County), Virginia.  The white oak staves and headers that are produced at the mill are later used in the manufacture of bourbon barrels at Speyside cooperages.  The firm’s three cooperages and four stave mills are located in Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia.

Speyside’s Millboro stave mill is a combination of pre-engineered steel and conventional construction and features offices, locker rooms, a canopy structure for outdoor mill equipment, an extensive dust collection system, wood siding and stone veneer. The 24-acre site development included a log yard, stave yard and three ponds.

Bourbon production has been steadily increasing for more than a decade with no end in sight – even a global pandemic didn’t harm the upward trend – and Speyside Bourbon Cooperage continues to grow to keep up with consumer demand.

On the Shenandoah Valley Partnership’s podcast series, “Shenandoah Valley Life,” listeners hear from residents who live, work, and thrive in Virginia’s iconic valley.  In Episode 4, “Planting Roots,” SVP Executive Director Jay Langston speaks with Speyside’s Maggie Anderson about the local resources that help Speyside thrive.  Click here to listen.