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Heaven Hill Completes $25 Million Expansion Of Bernheim Distillery

October 17, 2017

Heaven Hill Brands has completed a $25 million expansion of its Bernheim facility in Louisville, Kentucky, a project that has made it the single-largest Bourbon production site in the United States, according to the company. With the expansion, the distillery—currently home to Evan Williams Bourbon, Larceny, Elijah Craig and Henry McKenna, among other brands—has boosted capacity from 300,000 barrels per year to 400,000 barrels.

The expansion also includes four new fermenters, an additional thumper and 66-inch beer column, a new drop tub and a 50,000 pph boiler, as well as upgrades to grain handling and storage, cooling capacity and operations software. Heaven Hill’s Evan Williams Bourbon grew 7% to 2.3 million cases in the U.S. last year, and has added roughly 1 million cases in volume since 2010. The more upscale Elijah Craig brand finished at 85,000 cases last year and has put on 50,000 cases since 2010.—Julia Higgins

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