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$115M distillery to open in Shelby County, bring 30 jobs

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The company plans to build a 1.8 million proof gallon distillery and six barrel storage warehouses. The company plans to build a 1.8 million proof gallon distillery and six barrel storage warehouses.
While the Diageo distillery will set up shop along the countryside, company officials announced they would team with the community to protect the environment. While the Diageo distillery will set up shop along the countryside, company officials announced they would team with the community to protect the environment.
Katie Fussenegger Katie Fussenegger

SHELBYVILE, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky's fastest growing industry will soon set up shop in yet another county in WAVE Country.

They're known for their premium drinks; everything from Crown Royal and Buchanans to Smirhnoff and Captain Morgan to name a few. Now alcohol-manufacturer Diageo has set its corporate eyes on Shelby County.

Thursday Diageo announced plans to purchase 300 acres of land along Benson Pike not far from the Guist Creek Marina. According to a Diageo spokesperson, the company will invest $115 million over a three year period to build a 1.8 million proof gallon distillery and six barrel storage warehouses.

"People may not know Diageo by name but if you're a Kentuckian, you know great bourbon, you know Bulliet," said Kentucky Distillers' Association President Eric Gregory. "Shelby County has been very aggressive over the years in working to attract economic development."

With the distillery projected to be operational by late 2016, it is expected to create about 30 new whiskey distillation and maturation jobs.

"One great thing about the bourbon industry is we have one of the state's highest job spinoff factors. For every distilling job that's created another three are created down the line," said Gregory.

While that economic investment excites Gregory, that's only part of what attracts Shelby County Tourism Executive Director Katie Fussenegger to the project.

"It will feature, I believe a visitor's center," said Fussenegger. "It will be a nice driver for all entities of the family. Dad will have something to do. The children will have horses to ride and the moms will be able to shop."

"It will be perfectly situated right in the middle of our Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience: Lexington, Louisville, Bardstown, kind of the Amber Triangle," said Gregory.

While the Diageo distillery will set up shop along the countryside, company officials announced they would team with the community to protect the environment.

People living out this way will have a chance to weigh in on the proposed distillery at a open house hosted by Diageo officials on June 10. The question and answer sessions will take place at the Shelbyville Country Club from 2 to 7 p.m.

To learn more about Diageo, click here.

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