Paul McLaughlin standing amongst staves
Stacked wine barrels

Ed McLaughlin

Ed founded Kelvin Cooperage in 1963 in Scotland and has been a cooper for more than fifty years. His years of experience with the whole range of cooperage products, distilled spirits, and wine afford him a unique perspective on the modern cooperage industry. Ed has consistently combined traditional methods with the best of modern advances to continuously improve the Kelvin product. Ed served as President of the Associated Cooperage Industries of America in 2000-2001.

Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin also served his apprenticeship in Scotland. Kevin has managed Kelvin’s Louisville facility since it opened in 1991. Kevin received his bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University where he was the captain of Pepperdine’s championship golf team. Kevin can be reached at

Paul McLaughlin

Paul joined the family business in June of 2001. As with his brother, Paul has been around barrels all his life. Prior to joining Kelvin, Paul was an attorney with the international law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP. Paul received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his J.D. from Notre Dame. Paul can be reached at

William Hornaday

William joined the Kelvin Cooperage team in the summer of 2012. Before joining Kelvin, William received an economics degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. He currently serves as the Director of Production and Quality Control. William can be reached at