The distillation of alcohol- specifically whiskey was historically the main economic activity in Greendale and Lawrenceburg. The main shopping district for both towns is in Lawrenceburg next to the Ohio River. The area distilleries were mostly located along Tanners Creek north of the Ohio. From the early 1800s on, several small distilleries were located in Greendale and Lawrenceburg. They were replaced by industrial scale distilleries in the second half of the 1800s. All of the oldest distilleries have been demolished. The largest ever built is still operating. The Seagrams distillery is the result of a post prohibition expansion of an earlier distillery. For a time and possibly still today the Seagrams distillery was the largest by volume in the US. Most sources place the Seagrams Distillery in Lawrenceburg but according to most maps the bulk of the facility is in Greendale. In any case it's right on the border between the two towns. The Seagrams distillery has changed hands several times since 2000 and is now owned by a company called MGPI. It is now mostly involved in contract manufacturing and despite it's enormous size employes less than 100 people because it is so highly automated. Suburban growth from Cincinnati and a casino in Lawrenceburg have helped the local economy transition away from the historic reliance on the distillers.
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