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2 state distilleries to gain jobs, brand

Beam Global Spirits & Wine announced Tuesday that it will move production of its DeKuyper cordials and other spirits bottled in Cincinnati to facilities in Frankfort and Clermont.

The Cincinnati plant will cease operations in the second half of 2011.

According to a news release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office, the move will result in about 120 new jobs in Kentucky and over $28 million in technology upgrades to Beam's Frankfort distillery over the next two years.

The state recently gave preliminary approval to Jim Beam Brands Co. for up to $6.3 million in tax breaks over the next 10 years through a new incentive called the Kentucky Business Investment Program.

In Kentucky, Beam Global operates distilleries with bottling plants in Clermont, Frankfort, and Loretto, as well as a distillery in Boston, Ky.

Beam's expansion will add 21,600 square feet to the existing plant in Frankfort, according to the governor's office.

"It's imperative to capitalize on opportunities that make our operations more efficient and enhance our competitive position," said Ian Gourlay, Beam senior vice president of global operations and supply chain. "Our Kentucky facilities in Frankfort and Clermont have the capability to absorb the bottling activity currently performed in Cincinnati as well as the potential to accommodate higher volumes in the future."

Beam Global Spirits & Wine is a part of Fortune Brands Inc. (NYSE: FO) and includes the brands Jim Beam Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Cruzan Rum, EFFEN Vodka, Larios Gin, Whisky DYC, Teacher's Scotch Whisky, DeKuyper Cordials and Liqueurs, and Knob Creek Bourbon.

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