Beam announces center in Franklin County

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Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 7:02 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Construction should start late this month on a 600,000-square-foot distribution center that spirits maker Beam Inc. is building in Franklin County.

The center, which is expected to cost $20 million to $25 million, was announced Thursday just after Franklin County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a $200,000 economic incentive for Beam, The State Journal (http://bit.ly/1fFZAF8) reported.

The facility is expected to open early next year with about 60 employees. It will exclusively serve Beam's distilled spirits brands and warehouse its finished goods, bottled in Frankfort, before they are shipped to distributors.

"With two-thirds of Beam's total spirits case volume being produced in Kentucky, having our new Beam long-term distribution facility in close proximity to our production will help us gain increased efficiencies in our supply chain," David Hunter, Beam's vice president of global manufacturing, said in a news release. "We are excited to be the catalyst for more growth in Kentucky."

Beam U.S. manufacturing director James Morehead told local officials in a letter that Beam had considered sites in Franklin and Woodford counties.

Morehead said in September that the project is mainly to accommodate moving the company's Pinnacle Vodka and Calico Jack Rum brands to Frankfort.

The $200,000 from the county will be used for improving the planned location: a hilly 92 acres on Leestown Road.

Local officials said it could include leveling the land and creating a retention basin to mitigate storm water runoff into nearby Slickway Branch.

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Information from: The State Journal, http://www.state-journal.com

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