KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL NAMES OLE SMOKY DISTILLERY A WINNER OF THE GREATER KNOXVILLE AREA TOP WORKPLACES 2022 AWARD

Gatlinburg, Tenn. – (July 23, 2022) – Ole Smoky Distillery has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2022 honor by the Knoxville Top Workplaces. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

"Companies need to authentically represent their brand to job-seekers," said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. "The employee experience needs to be on the mission-critical list. Leaders who embrace a people-first culture will benefit greatly. By giving employees a voice and showcasing your authentic culture through employer branding, organizations can attract those job seekers who complement their culture. Culture drives performance."

Ole Smoky Distillery was founded in Gatlinburg in 2010 when they opened their first distillery, The Holler, becoming Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery. Today, Ole Smoky is one of the largest employers in East Tennessee and the most visited distillery in the world with more than 5.7 million visitors in 2021.

“We are proud to be named one of Knoxville’s Top Workplaces,” said Robert Hall, CEO of Ole Smoky Distillery. “For the past 12 years we have built our culture based on honesty, integrity and transparency and attribute our success to our dedicated associates. We create a positive and favorable environment for all our associates to thrive and grow in their career. With great pride, we collaborate to make the best products, and every time someone opens a jar of our moonshine, they celebrate Ole Smoky’s culture and the heritage of East Tennessee.”

Ole Smoky Distillery has three distilleries in the Greater Knoxville Metropolitan area, two in Gatlinburg, one in Pigeon Forge, offices in Sevierville, operations facilities in Pittman Center, and production and warehouse facilities in Newport, Tennessee.