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Fire at Independent Stave Co. Causes Damage in Warehouse

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Independent Stave Company, formerly Brown-Forman Cooperage, dealt with a fire on Sunday that caused a yet unavailable amount of damage to machinery and a warehouse at the facility in Clifton.

Fire departments from Clifton, Eagle Creek, Ovilla, and Topsy responded to the call at approximately 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 2. According to Clifton Fire Chief Randy Burns and Assistant Chief Mike Chilcott, the fire originated when some machinery with worn out parts got hot, going unnoticed until it fully ignited just before the call to 911. The last shift at the mill/warehouse had left at 1:00 a.m., but security guards at the facility fortunately noticed smoke coming from the building and made the emergency call. The fire was contained at approximately 9:40 a.m.

Brown-Forman Cooperage was purchased by Independent Stave Company in July 2023. “The transition of the other mills [purchased by ISCO before the Clifton facility] was successful, and it is a natural fit for ISCO to also acquire the Clifton, Tennessee facility,” said Independent Stave Company CEO Brad Boswell. “This acquisition will benefit both our companies, and our other customers, as the need for high-quality white oak staves for cooperage continues to grow.”

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