Interview with Frenchie Sweatt, March 21, 2014



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Vancena "Frenchie" Sweatt has worked in the bourbon industry for 29 years and is currently the plant administrator for Diageo North America. In this interview she discusses how she came to work in the bourbon industry and the various jobs she has held over the years. She talks about the downsizing of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery (also called the Old Fitzgerald Distillery) and its eventual resurgence. She discusses the trend of families often working in the bourbon industry together as well as the lack of diversity in higher positions within the industry. She talks about how the industry has changed since she began working and about the improvements in technology over time. Sweatt discusses mentoring Andrea Wilson, the plant manager. She also talks about one of Diageo's new product lines, the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Project. She talks about the future of the bourbon industry and her own legacy.

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2014oh040_bik042
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Interview Date: 
2014-03-21

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