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Cooperages 1912 & Oak Solutions Group Introduce New 'Product Innovation' Division

Date: 04/24/12

To fortify their position as the industry’s innovation leaders, Cooperages 1912 and Oak Solutions Group are pleased to introduce their new Product Innovation Division. This division will focus exclusively on the development and refinement of oak barrels, oak alternatives and enological tannins.

“Innovation has always been a core value in our family business,” said Brad Boswell, president and fourth-generation cooper. “This is a brand new division whose sole function is to create, think outside the box, listen to what customers need, and then develop new products that push our industry forward.”

The Product Innovation Division will work closely with the company’s Engineering team and Research & Development Division, which have been in place for many years.

Ed Larmie, who has served as Director of Sales for Oak Solutions Group since the company’s inception, is taking on a new role as Director of Product Innovation.

“For years, Ed has been actively involved in product development for our organization thanks to his expertise, practical approach and creativity,” said Boswell. “Ed is the perfect person to head up this new division.”

Larmie will direct a full-time staff and oversee the company’s new winery and laboratory dedicated to small-scale experiments and bench trials.

Cooperages 1912 and Oak Solutions Group offer premium wine barrels, oak alternatives and enological tannins to winemakers throughout the world. Founded four generations ago by the Boswell Family, parent company Independent Stave Company is now celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2012.

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