SHELBY CO., Ky. (WHAS11) – Diageo announced its intention to invest an estimated $115 million over three years to build a 1.8 million proof gallon distillery and six barrel storage warehouses in Shelby County, Ky.
Finalization of the plans are still waiting for approval from local government, but the project will represent investment in Kentucky’s growing bourbon industry.
Diageo will purchase 300 acres of property located on Benson Pike in Shelby County. The construction project is expected to provide a significant number of jobs and Diageo anticipates employing 30 people for whiskey distillation and maturation.
“This proposed investment in Shelby County, in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country, will cement our commitment to expanding our share of the American whiskey category,” Larry Schwartz, President, Diageo North America, said. “Diageo has a long tradition within the craft of whiskey-making and we look forward to bringing this artisanship to the new distillery. The distillery will build on our presence in Kentucky and we are committed to being a productive member of the local community. We are very thankful for the support we have received thus far from state and local officials and look forward to a long and fruitful working relationship.”
“Today marks another feather in the cap for Kentucky’s bourbon industry,” Governor Steve Beshear said. “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. I want to thank Diageo for investing in Shelby County, and I look forward to seeing the distillery in action.”
“The Shelby County Fiscal Court is very excited that Diageo is proposing to expand its worldwide distillation operations by building a state-of-the-art distillery in Shelby County. We look forward to a great partnership with Diageo and we welcome them to the community,” Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said.