Bourbon Industry

Beam to build new distribution hub in Frankfort

Jim Beam bourbon sales continue to be strong, even as Beam Inc. reported lower sales and profits in the third quarter. Beam owns its namesake bourbon, Maker's Mark and others.
Jim Beam bourbon sales continue to be strong, even as Beam Inc. reported lower sales and profits in the third quarter. Beam owns its namesake bourbon, Maker's Mark and others. Herald-Leader

Beam Inc. announced Thursday that the company will build a state-of-the art distribution center in Franklin County. Construction on the 600,000-square-foot building (the equivalent of 13 football fields) on U.S. 421 is scheduled to begin in late February and be completed by the end of the year. Opening is planned for early in 2015, and it's expected to employ about 60 people to warehouse and ship Beam's distilled spirits brands.

"Beam is a company that's on the move, continuously creating opportunities for the commonwealth," Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement. "As Beam continues to grow for the future, the people of Kentucky benefit by the creation of more jobs and opportunities for years to come."

Beam employs more than 900 people in Louisville; at its Global Innovation Center in Clermont; and at its manufacturing plants in Loretto, Frankfort, Clermont and Boston.

"With two-thirds of Beam's total spirits case volume being produced in Kentucky, having our new Beam long-term distribution facility in close proximity to our production will help us gain increased efficiencies in our supply chain," said David Hunter, vice president of global manufacturing for Beam. "We are excited to be the catalyst for more growth in Kentucky."

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