The Forks learned this afternoon via correspondent Bill Toland that Prentiss Orr, at right in the photo above, has resigned from Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries, which makes Boyd & Blair vodka. Mr. Prentiss said he can't talk about it, but he has had some issues with Barry Young, at left. Mr. Young has sued Mr. Orr in the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas alleging that he tried to oust Mr. Young from the company's board of managers.
Here's the full text of Mr. Orr's release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: C. Prentiss Orr
BOYD & BLAIR CEO RESIGNS
Pittsburgh – Effective yesterday, C. Prentiss Orr, CEO of Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries, LLC, makers of Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, has resigned as an officer of the company he founded in 2005. Orr will continue to serve on the Board of Managers of the company which enjoys distribution of its signature, craft vodka in 44 states as well as Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Orr declined to answer questions about his departure, other than to confirm that the company is poised to increase sales with the support of new management soon to be announced. Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries, LLC, is governed by a Board of seven Managers, which is chaired by Tim Fisher, a senior officer of the Hillman Company.
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Robin Rombach/Post-Gazette 2013 photo