Diageo opens Captain Morgan plant in Virgin Islands

on 26/11/10 at 3:28 pm

Industry

ST. CROIX – Even a few outbursts of rain could not dampen spirits at the Diageo plant Tuesday, as officials and community members gathered to witness and celebrate the opening of the plant that will produce Captain Morgan Rum.

The ceremony, set underneath the giant steel vats and fermentation tanks of the newly finished distillery, was filled with words of praise for the people who brought Diageo to the territory and references to the future opportunities the plant will offer Virgin Islanders.

There were even a few surprises thrown in, such as Diageo CEO Paul Walsh’s announcement of the rum-maker’s plans to build a $5 million visitors center on the site. Diageo will conduct tours of the distillery, the way it does at some of the company’s other brands, such as Guinness, which have made those distilleries tourist destinations.

“You made a commitment to us to move forward together,” Walsh said. “And I’m committed to keeping up with our side.”

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