Marsha Wiechman

Interview Date: April 30, 2009

Excerpts from oral history interview with Marsha Wiechman, a bottling supervisor for Blanton’s and an employee of Buffalo Trace for twenty-two years. Marsha shares stories from her childhood and describes her education and professional training, as well as the jobs she had prior to signing on to work in the warehouse department at Buffalo Trace. She lists positions she has held there, including many of the most difficult and physically demanding jobs at a plant, and explains some of the jargon that distillery workers use. She also explains how their bourbon is tasted by a panel which checks it for quality, a process in which she is proud participant.

Other topics she discusses include workplace safety and the attitude towards female workers at the plant. She compares the distillery work environment in the 1980s, when Buffalo Trace had fallen on hard times, with the work environment of today, which she considers to be outstanding and a real improvement. She specifically mentions the fact that Elmer T. Lee contributed to her very positive overall experience working for Buffalo Trace.

About Marsha Wiechman

Marsha was born in 1947 and grew up on a farm in Washington County, Kansas, where she went to school and lived for many years before leaving Kansas to find work. She had many professions before she signed on as warehouse worker at Buffalo Trace in 1987. To name a few, she has worked as a hairdresser, a welder and a carpenter and a construction worker.

Favorite bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20-year-old

Link to full interview video and transcript on SPOKEdb, the online catalog for Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

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