The new Captain Morgan facility in St. Croix gets properly christened by Governor de Jongh Jr., Lt. Gov. Gregory Francis and Delegate Donna M. Christensen.
Just 18 months after the first ceremonial shovels of soil were moved to mark the beginning of construction at the Captain Morgan facility in St. Croix, another celebration marks the completion of the plant. Governor John de Jongh Jr. officially christened the plant by breaking a bottle of rum over an aging barrel to cheers from a crowd of local business people and government officials.
The facility, which moved to St. Croix from Puerto Rico, will produce 20 million proof gallons of rum annually and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the territory. It is a one of a kind facility which achieved LEED certification after a lengthy planning process which took into account every aspect of its impact on the local environment.
The entire affair, which has been controversial at times, started in 2007. This is one of the largest economic develop projects to ever occur in St. Croix.