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Pernod Ricard, Willett, Announce Major Distillery Projects in Kentucky

December 9, 2022

Kentucky’s whiskey boom continues as global spirits giant Pernod Ricard and smaller player Willett yesterday announced major new expansions to their distilling operations in the Blue Grass State.

Pernod unveiled plans for a $250 million investment in Jefferson’s Bourbon that will give the brand a new distillery with an annual capacity of 7.5 million proof gallons. Construction is set to begin in January, with completion of the carbon neutral distillery and warehouses slated for 2025. A new visitor’s center is also planned. According to Kentucky’s Lexington Herald Leader, the project will create up to 55 jobs over the next 15 years, with an average wage of $82.35 an hour.

Willett, meanwhile, plans to invest $93 million to bolster production and maturation capacity. Louisville’s Spectrum News reports that Willett’s expansion will focus on new distilling facilities as well as rickhouses, with construction also set to begin in January. The new addition is set to cover 70,000 square feet, according to the office of Kentucky’s governor. “Willett Distillery, which has been a staple of Kentucky Bourbon for over eight decades, is bringing quality jobs to Washington County,” said governor Andy Beshear.

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