Cruzan Rum Distillery

September 2017

The Cruzan Rum Distillary received heavy damage after Hurrican Maria passed over St. Croix, Virgin Islands. The Distillery was totally shut down from manufactoring, Trees and debris had layed down over 900 yards of fencing that enclose the Distillary, Warhouse Buldings door and roofs were damaged due to high winds.

US Restoration, LLC was contacted by the Jim Beam Risk Manager to discuss providing the Emergency Restoration Services needed to get this Disstillary secured and back to full production.

USR immediately began the tecnicial Ligistics necesasry to perfoem this project. From arranging a Charged 737 Aircraft to allow our staff, equipment and supplies to the island, purchasing Satallite Phones (due ot vertically no communication on the Island), vital medical supplies needed, generators, and other materials and supplies we departed New Orleans @ 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday September 26, 20117.

On Wednesday, an Emergency meeting was held between Cruzan Management and USR Management Team to inform USR of their immediate priotities and needs. One of theTop priorities presented to us was having 14 days to perform the necessary repairs to get the Distillary up and running as well as securinig the perimenter fencing to to the facility.

USR with it’s staff of over 40 men qualified in sevaral trades went to work immediately. Through their dedication to Customer Satisfaciton had the Distillery up ini running in 8 days (6 days ahead of projected date) and all fening erected and the property secured withiin 9 days. During this same timeline demolition and structure repairs were conducted to several of the warehouse and production buildings. Removing dangerous and damaged cooregated metal and damaged roll up doors were either removed or repaired. Demoo was conducted to wood frame building where the entire roofing system was damaged beyond repair and hadto be dismenbered and interiors of the buildings cleaned up of roofing debris in order ot make this building safe for CR Employees to inspect potential damages to inventory to thes buildings.

With the Qulified and Dedicated workers provided by USR, This project was totally completed in 10 work days.

History of the Cruzan Rum Distillery

Since the early 1800’s, the Nelthropp Family (a.k.a. Cruzan Rum Royalty) has called St. Croix home, becoming an integral part of the island’s history. And for the last two hundred years, the island has not only left its mark on them, but also on their rum.

US Restoration, LLC was contacted by the Jim Beam Risk Manager to discuss providing the Emergency Restoration Services needed to get this Disstillary secured and back to full production.

The unique spirit of St. Croix echoes in every bottle of Cruzan® Rum – from the Nelthropp family, who have crafted rum on the island for generations, to the warm, tropical breezes that circulate through the open-air warehouses of the distillery. Even the name reflects the people of St. Croix, called Crucians.

At Cruzan, every drop of our rum is brilliantly crafted to exceptional standards, using natural ingredients and a unique distillation process. Each stage of the process is closely monitored and controlled to ensure that every expression boasts remarkable taste and multi-faceted flavor that shines through in every sip. Our award-winning taste, unlike any other, will awaken your spirit of discovery, and reveal to you a rare level of quality in the world of rum.

Projects

Since the early 1800’s, the Nelthropp Family (a.k.a. Cruzan Rum Royalty) has called St. Croix home, becoming an integral part of the island’s history.

During our Restoration Project, we were honored and privileged to have the Distillery visited by General Boyd & Sgt. Maj. Conoway who headed relief operations for the Island.

Photo of the Cruzan Rum Distillery

Roof demo in progress to the Maintenance Office & Rum Warehouse

Repaired fencing and street clearing in progress.

Demo completed to one Barrel Warehouse

Just before takeoff USR President Wayne Catalano and his son Chad Catalano and the island has not only left its mark on them

USR and its staff loading our Chartered 737 with Equipment and Supplies as we prepared to take off to complete the New Project.

The Entire skilled staff of USR who’s experience in many fields  performed this task.

Old fencing being erected to secure the perimeter of the Distillery.

Made safe for Cruzan Rum Employees to remove inventory.

Our Electrical personal rolled up down Utility Lines. This measure was done to secure safety of USR employees when cutting trees to erect fence and secure the Distillery.

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