Bardstown Bourbon Company announced a $28.7 million investment set to create 29 full-time jobs and increase the distillery’s annual capacity by about 55,000 barrels, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s office said in a news release.
There will be a 15,000-square-foot expansion, allowing for the addition of 16 new fermenters, a new distillation column and equipment, a hot water processing tank, grain handling equipment, chemical treatments and glass towers to hold the still.
“In 2016 when we first distilled, we were at about a million and a half proof gallons. Eight months later 3 million proof gallons, and two years later up to 7 million proof gallons,” said Herb Heneman, Executive vice president of Sales and Marketing.
The company’s president and CEO, Mark Erwin, said in a news release that the investment will help increase the distillery’s capacity by 50% by 2024.
The company also purchased 300 addition acres to build rickhouses and added a second shift to its bottling plant.