Georgia Distilling will begin distilling operations in the city of Haddock this spring.
The distillery will begin with making vodka, gin, and moonshine out of the old Cherokee Products plant in Haddock. The plant was once used as a cannery for fruits and vegetables under the O'Sage brand name, but has been out of operations for the past 15 years.
Georgia Distilling expects to hire about 10 employees to begin with, but hopes that number will increase to more than 50 once they get going for a couple of years.
Executive Director of the Development Authority of Jones County Doug Redmond, who helped find and sell the property to Georgia Distilling, says its more than just bringing jobs to the area. He says distilleries like this draw tourists into towns as well.
Redmond says, "They (distilleries) have a very large following around the country. People like to go in and see how it's made. Several of them you actually get to participate in the process of making it and actually stirring the mash and bottling the product at the end."
Georgia Distilling will be the third of its kind in the state of Georgia. Redmond says some country music artists are interested to help promote the product to become more popular. He couldn't give any names, because no contracts have been signed yet.
Georgia Distilling expects to begin distributing to eight states in the South East.