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Ale-8-One plans major expansion project, could add 40 employees

Bottles of Cherry Ale-8-One stream along the production line at the Ale-8-One bottling facility in Winchester.
Bottles of Cherry Ale-8-One stream along the production line at the Ale-8-One bottling facility in Winchester. cbertram@herald-leader.com

Ale-8-One, the soft drink maker in Winchester, is planning a $19.4 million expansion, according to information from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Administration.

The company was approved Thursday for $685,000 in state tax incentives for the expansion, which could add 40 employees to the company’s current 95 employees.

Ale-8-One is considering an expansion of its building due to an opportunity to co-pack a potential customer’s product, KEDFA said.

State information indicates that the new employees will get an average hourly wage of $23.75 including employee benefits.

The company makes Ale-8-One, Diet Ale-8-One and a cherry flavor of Ale-8-One.

Founded in 1902 by G.L. Wainscott, the company is owned and operated by the founding family.

Ale-8-One introduced its first new flavor: Cherry Ale-8 in bottles will begin hitting the shelves on Thursday with six-packs coming on Friday.

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