The Glenmore Distillery set to reopen Monday morning

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) — After the Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro closed on Friday after a worker tested positive for COVID-19, officials tell Eyewitness News the business is set to reopen Monday morning at 6.

The building was taped off while a sanitation company cleaned Saturday, following what distillery authorities say were guidelines from the CDC. Officials with the distillery say the business has been in contact with the Green River Health Department.

See the full statement sent to Eyewitness News below:

“After a thorough cleaning and sanitizing per CDC guidelines by a third party, The Glenmore Distillery has been in contact with Green River District Health Department to ensure that the actions taken by the plant were appropriate and addressed the Health Department’s concern.  We will reopen on Monday at 6 a.m.  Team members are to report to their regular shift.

The Glenmore Distillery, along with other industry members and food and beverage manufacturing in general, have been deemed essential business and a component of the critical infrastructure in the food and agricultural supply chain. In addition to being an essential business, The Glenmore Distillery is preparing to manufacture sanitizers which is in high demand for fighting the spread of the COVID-19 infection. We are also preparing to donate the Clear Spring brand of high proof alcohol to first responders, hospitals, assisted care living and 501c3 organizations. We will have more information on those two initiatives in the next few days and we will share them with you then.   

Keeping our operation open is of critical importance for the community and especially for our team members who depend on the income and benefits earned at The Glenmore Distillery to support their families.

Team member safety and security continues to be our core cultural value as we monitor the status of Coronavirus.  Per the CDC’s guidance, prevention is the best method of defense around the spread of the virus so we have focused on creating a plan to prevent the potential spread of the virus through enhanced cleaning and sanitation and social distancing. All Glenmore team members are being reminded of CDC guidelines upon returning to work. We remain vigilant about keeping our team healthy during these unprecedented times.”

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227 sent Eyewitness News the following statement:

“The health and safety of our members that we serve is our top priority. While we would have liked to see Glenmore close and clean the plant for a longer period of time, we are being assured they are following all guidance from public health officials. We have asked our members to report their health and safety concerns to us as we continue to have discussions about what is being done – and what should be done – to protect our members health and safety. We are grateful for the strong support we have received as we face this public health crisis together.” 

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(This story was originally published on March 22, 2020)

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