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good folks at good wages to manufacture
a top quality product right here in Greenbrier County," he says.
The company expects to produce its
first barrel in October; they'd already received their first contract by April. When
the charred bourbon barrels start coming
off the line, the White Sulphur Springs
plant will begin giving factory tours, Galyean says. An onsite visitor center will tell
their story.
Collaborating with Kids
In another ambitious project, Galyean
has teamed up with high school students
to design and raise funds for a $6-million
aquatic center in Lewisburg. In his spare
time, Galyean teaches a class for pre-engineering and pre-architecture students at
Greenbrier East High School. Each spring,
he works with a small group of students
who want to tackle a real-world project.
Two cohorts of students have labored toward making the aquatic center happen.
"Families drive 40 miles into Virginia
to a year-round pool," Galyean says.
"The first spring students researched and
planned a first-class aquatic center with

three pools. Last year they decided it was
such a good idea we should figure out how
to get it built. So we asked business students to join us, drew up a plan, created
a brochure, and they began giving PowerPoint presentations to the public."
This project shows what high school
students can do, Galyean says. "The
aquatic center is doable without government money; it should be self-supporting
from membership fees and rentals once
it's up. I'm very impressed with how
many people have already written checks.
It shows how much interest there is and
how much trust they have in us."
Galyean and the students have a
land donation and, through private
contributions, have raised almost half
the nearly $6 million needed. They've
hired an energetic, well-connected center manager, who is charged with raising
the remaining $3 million by 2020. If on
schedule, construction of the proposed
22,400-square-foot facility will start in
March 2020 and be open for swimming
in the summer of 2021.
When the aquatic center is finished, it
will stand as another testament to Green-

brier Valley's renaissance, along with the
distillery, the barrel factory, the vibrant
Lewisburg downtown and Carnegie Hall.
And then everyone will wonder what
TAG Galyean will choose for the next big
project.

The restoration of
Lewisburg's Carnegie Hall
was an early success for
TAG Galyean.

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