LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LBF) -- Brown-Forman Corp. is getting started on previously announced upgrades to its cooperage facility on MacLean Avenue in Louisville.

The distilling giant, which owns Jack Daniel's, Old Forester and Woodford Reserve — and makes its own barrels in which to age these spirits — filed a development plan related to the upgrades with Louisville Metro Government on Monday.

Portions of several buildings along MacLean Avenue will be demolished and new buildings will be constructed, totaling an additional 47,466 square feet at the cooperage, according to the plans. The plans say the work amounts to a 17 percent increase in space to the site. The company has hired Louisville-based BTM Engineering Inc. for this project.

The facility is just off Crittenden Drive near Louisville International Airport. Brown-Forman also has a cooperage in Decatur, Ala., where it makes barrels for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.

This work is part of a $45 million modernization project we first reported on in September, which will result in the elimination of 70 jobs at the facility. Brown-Forman told us back then that new equipment being added will focus on the cooperage's heading and staving departments.

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