2018 - Brief Year in Review for Burgundy Oak

2018 - Brief Year in Review for Burgundy Oak

by Torin Hofmann December 19, 2018

Sometimes you don’t realize how far you have come until you start to look back.  2018 was one of those years for Burgundy Oak. 

Burgundy Oak started with a small team that outsourced production to contractors and mostly focused on sales and logistics.  We spent most of our time traveling to trade shows, coordinating shipments, and finding new customers.  This had worked well up until 2018 when we began to outgrow our contractors and ran into both quality and capacity limitations.

At the beginning of 2018 we made the switch to bring all of our production in house and move into a full production shop.  With this switch, we created 6 new jobs and hired most of our friends to join our adventure.  We had some major issues setting up the shop and learning how to work together but over the last 12 months we have smoothed out the problems and found a balance between work and friendship that we always knew would be difficult to achieve.

In February we submitted an online application to CBC’s Dragons Den and after 2 live auditions, 50 minutes in the Den, and 4 months keeping quiet, our episode finally aired! This was an experience that we will never forget and one that was amazing to share with all of our friends and family as we watched it on TV for the first time.  You can still see our episode on the CBC website- Season 13, episode 4.

Jack Daniel's Whiskey Barrels

In May, we made our first trip down to Lynchburg Tennessee to meet with Jack Daniel’s and start working on a partnership to build a new line of products from their used barrels.  After 6 months of development and a lot of paper work, we have now finalized a full line of Jack Daniel’s Barrel products that will be available for sale starting in January 2019.  Burgundy Oak is the 42 Licensee and only Licensee of Jack Daniel’s in Canada.

With our new facility and growing team we have launched some new projects starting with a barrel rental program for special events and weddings that serviced over 32 events in 2018.  In November, Burgundy Oak installed its first commercial product at Wild Rose Brewery that featured a 20-foot long feature wall made from overlapped Wine Barrel Staves. Both projects were major successes for Burgundy Oak and will be expanded on in 2019. Picture Below. 

Wine Barrel Stave Wall

 

~ Zac Hartley





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