We’ve Made it Our Mission

To craft world-class oak barrels and other cooperage products so our employees, customers and communities flourish.

A Growing Heritage


It’s been over 100 years since our founding, and Independent Stave Company continues to evolve thanks to a commitment to quality and innovation, our dedicated associates, and a continual interest in collaborating with distillers and winemakers around the world.

1912

T.W. Boswell founded T.W. Boswell Stave Company, a stave mill supplying white oak staves for cooperage.

1919

Due to prohibition, T.W. shifted his attention to non-alcoholic cooperage such as fruit and salted meat barrels.

1920

T.W. Boswell owned and brokered for 36 stave and saw mills in operation across the Midwestern and Southern states.

1933

Prohibition was repealed and J.E. Boswell entered into the family business - T.W. Boswell and Son - manufacturing bourbon and wine staves.

1936

Company renamed “Independent Stave Company” to reflect the company’s position as the premier stave mill facility not owned by a distillery, brewery or winery.

1950s

J.E. founded the family’s first cooperage in Lebanon, Missouri.

1980s

John Boswell became CEO of Independent Stave Company and greatly expanded production, establishing multiple cooperages.

1990s

To ensure a high-quality supply of French oak, John established the family’s first international subsidiary, a stave mill in the Vosges region of northeastern France - Merrain International.

2000s

The Boswell’s developed barrel production on four continents to meet the growing demand for oak worldwide.

2010s

Independent Stave Company continues to grow building two new stave mills in Kentucky and investing in a Burgundian cooperage.