In 1868 Charles and Maximillian Fleischmann and James Gaff, a distiller, founded the Fleischmann Co. to manufacture compressed yeast and distilled spirits. In 1870, the original Fleischmann plant was built at Riverside, Ohio and it produced America's first distilled dry gin and domestic vodka. Sylvan Grove Bourbon was also produced at this distillery. In 1940, following Prohibition, Fleischmann acquired a distillery in Owensboro, Kentucky and moved spirits production there. In 1989, Glenmore Distillery Company acquired Fleischmann Distilling Co. In 1991, United Distillers acquired Glenmore, then sold it to Barton Brands in 1995, including the rights to the Fleischmann's brand.