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Diageo US Virgin Islands Rum Distillery Passes Halfway Construction Milestone

May 18, 2010
PRNewswire reports that construction of Diageo USVI’s Virgin Islands’ rum distillery and barrel warehouse has passed the halfway construction milestone, and is on schedule to become operational by January 2011. The company also announced the appointment of US Virgin Islanders to four key positions at the distillery, in addition to other strategic hires. Construction of the 20 million proof gallon rum distillery began in August 2009. In addition, Diageo USVI has committed that at least 80 percent of the full-time employees at the distillery will be from the USVI. The company expects to fill a total of about 60 full-time employees to operate and manage the distillery. To date, Diageo USVI has named six strategic hires, four of whom are native USVI residents, to fill the positions of Human Resources Director, Maintenance Team Lead, Quality Manager, Executive Administrative Assistant, Finance Manager, and Engineering Manager. In addition, the distillery will retain local businesses that provide maintenance and other business services to the facility, creating jobs and business opportunities for the local economy.