Beam Global Spirits & Wine has announced plans to expand operations at its distilleries in Frankfort and Clermont and will begin production of the company’s DeKuyper cordials and other spirits that are currently being bottled outside Kentucky.
The Illinois-based company is closing its bottling plant in Cincinnati in 2011 and will move those operations to the Beam facilities in Frankfort and Clermont, home to the company’s flagship brand, Jim Beam.
Beam Global Senior Vice President Ian Gourlay said the Kentucky facilities “have the capability to absorb the bottling activity currently performed in Cincinnati as well as the potential to accommodate higher volumes in the future. Reducing our U.S. bottling operations from four facilities to three will efficiently utilize our capacity and simplify our supply chain.”
In the meantime, the company is investing more than $28 million in technology upgrades at the Frankfort distillery and will add 21,600 s.f. to the existing 557,000-s.f. facility. In addition to bottling production, additional areas – including administrative, laboratory, wastewater, processing and shipping – will also experience growth. The expansion is expected to add approximately 120 new jobs.
In addition to its facilities in Clermont and Frankfort, Beam also has a distillery/bottling facility in Loretto and a distillery in Boston, Ky.