Monday, June 22, 2009

Sazerac Expansion Underway

Plans are proceeding with the recently announced acquisition and expansion of one of Daviess County’s long time employers. Sazerac North America, which purchased Constellation Spirits in Owensboro and Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, is rapidly progressing with a project that will create 50 new jobs and invest millions of dollars in the local community. Additional opportunities are seen for the Frankfort facilities as well.

An aerial photo submitted by the company illustrates the 300,000 sq. ft. expansion that will allow for additional business and new technology on the current property in Owensboro. According to Plant Manager Donald Kelley, “An automated 12,000 pallet storage system is a key part of the $13mm expansion that is geared to more fully utilize current facilities and equipment with additional shifts of operation.”

Sazerac Company, Inc., founded in 1850 and headquartered in New Orleans, is one of the top 10 producers and marketers of spirits and wines in the United States. The Kentucky projects were approved for tax benefits under the Kentucky Industrial Development Act for up to $3.28 million by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA).

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