Diageo announces plans for new Kentucky distillery

A new distillery is set to bring more jobs and more bourbon to the state of Kentucky.

To fulfill the company’s plan for growth in the bourbon and American whiskey sector, Diageo will build a new manufacturing facility in Lebanon.

The announcement was made by the company on Thursday, as they detailed plans for a dry house and warehousing capabilities at the facility.

The investment will be to the tune of $130 million over three years, according to the company. They anticipate the creation of around 30 new full-time jobs at the site.

“Marion County has worked hard to create good jobs for the skilled workforce in Central Kentucky and we welcome Diageo’s commitment to help us continue our efforts,” Marion County Judge Executive David Daugherty said.

Diageo is the company behind brands like Smirnoff, Crown Royal and Bulleit.

An incentive package from the Kentucky Development Finance Authority will assist the company in the building of the new manufacturing facility.

Diageo has two other Kentucky operations – Stitzel-Weller in Louisville and The Bulleit Distilling Co. in Shelbyville. Its products – including, but not limited to, Captain Morgan, Bulleit, Crown Royal, Guinness and Smirnoff – are sold in more than 180 countries.

The company has not released an official opening date for the distillery.

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