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Diageo Plans Bourbon Distillery, Jobs in Kentucky

May 29, 2014

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Global liquor giant Diageo PLC said Thursday that it plans to build a new distillery in Kentucky.

The company said in a statement that the project, planned on 300 acres in Shelby County, would be a significant investment in the state's growing bourbon industry. It still needs approval from local government officials.

A variety of current and future Diageo bourbon and whiskey brands would be distilled at the proposed facility. The $115 million project would also include six barrel storage warehouses. It would create about 30 jobs for whiskey distillation and maturation.

"Diageo has a long tradition within the craft of whiskey-making, and we look forward to bringing this artisanship to the new distillery," said Diageo North America President Larry Schwartz.

State and local officials expressed enthusiasm about the project, saying they look forward to working with the company as it expands its presence in Kentucky.

"Distilled spirits remain a marquee industry in the commonwealth, and Diageo's new distillery will ensure that even more Kentucky bourbon is enjoyed around the globe," said Gov. Steve Beshear.

State Sen. Paul Hornback, who represents the district, said it would be a "fantastic investment" for the community.

"We are thankful for the positive economic impact this will bring and are proud that bourbon, a signature industry of Kentucky, will now be made right here in Shelby County," Hornback said.

London-based Diageo's brands include Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Guinness and George Dickel Tennessee whiskey.

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Original headline: Diageo announces plan for new distillery in Ky.


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