- After being closed for four years, Long Pond Distillery Limited, located in Clark’s Town, Trelawny, has resumed operations.
- The Long Pond Distillery has a long and rich history dating back to 1753, and was closed in 2012 due to waste disposal issues.
After being closed for four years, Long Pond Distillery Limited, located in Clark’s Town, Trelawny, has resumed operations.
Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Colin Gager, said the reopening of the 264-year old distillery is welcomed, and is important for the economic viability of the parish.
Mayor Gager was representing the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, at the official recommissioning ceremony on July 26.
He expressed the Government’s support and commitment to the operation of the facility.
The Long Pond Distillery has a long and rich history dating back to 1753, and was closed in 2012 due to waste disposal issues.
Chief Executive Officer of National Rums of Jamaica, Winston Harrison, said 22 residents from Clark’s Town are employed at the distillery.
He noted that the company is currently in the process of completing several orders for Europe, including for long-standing customers in Germany.
Mr. Harrison said the distillery is a historical landmark in Trelawny, producing rums for some of the finest and renowned brands worldwide over the past two and a half centuries.
He informed that during the four-year closure, the management of Long Pond worked with the relevant authorities to ensure that the necessary practices and policies were put in place for the resumption of operations.
“As an organisation, we have taken all the necessary steps with regard to the disposal of waste and we have the requisite approval to ensure that we can now operate. Essentially, the world is breathing a sigh of relief, Long Pond Limited is back,” he said.
Process Coordinator at Long Pond Distillery, Andrew McBean, also expressed pleasure at the reopening, noting that “good things will happen for Long Pond and the citizens in and around will benefit.”