“This Agreement, when ratified by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands, marks the greatest single financial step forward we have taken in this Territory in fifty years.” That is Virgin Islands Governor John P. deJongh, Jr. talking back in June about beverage behemoth Diageo’s plans to build a distillery on St. Croix.
The facility is slated to come online in 2011, making its gestation period similar to that of a Death Star or NFL stadium. The distillery will produce all of the rum for Captain Morgan products, which should bring a grin to Mutineer Magazine SPC Brian Kropf, who definitely has a little “captain” in him.
Diageo says that the facility will be “environmentally stable”, which is always nice. In an obvious reference to the current economy, Governor deJongh went on to say, “When fully built out and operating, the Diageo rum facility will enable us to address our long-term challenges, in particular our unfunded pension liability and long needed capital projects without having to take the money from other areas of need, or borrow from our children.”