Sazerac to invest $66M in former Pillsbury plant

New Albany officials announced Wednesday Sazerac will invest $66 million into the former...
New Albany officials announced Wednesday Sazerac will invest $66 million into the former Pillsbury plant. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Published: May. 30, 2018 at 2:37 PM EDT|Updated: May. 30, 2018 at 3:36 PM EDT
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NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – The parent company of Buffalo Trace and other popular spirits announced its plans Wednesday to bring a bottling facility to Indiana.

City and regional economic development leaders joined Sazerac Co. to announce plans for the large spirit producer to take over the former Pillsbury Plant along Grant Line Road in New Albany.

"From biscuits, to bourbon," One Southern Indiana development crews announced Wednesday, as they unveiled the new logo for Sazerac Indiana.

Sazerac's plan to bring bottling to New Albany will breathe new life into the former Pillsbury Plant. General Mills announced the closure of the former Pillsbury plant in January of 2015. The plant had operated in New Albany since 1959.

Mayor Jeff Gahan says this is a long time coming.

"The very day they announced that, we were doing everything we knew how to do to attract a new manufacturer here. And I will tell you, I think this is a wonderful fit," said Gahan. "The $66-million dollar investment will stimulate new growth along Grant Line Road and around New Albany overall."

"And I know you guys are going to producing a lot of different spirits here. But you're also bringing spirit back to this town," said New Albany Council President Al Knable.

Around 400 employees lost their jobs when Pillsbury moved out. Bringing in the distilling company into the plant will provide 50 new jobs by the end of the year on two new packaging lines.

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By 2021, Sazerac aims to more than double the amount of employees there, up to 110. Jobs there will pay an average of $24 an hour, One Southern Indiana leaders said.

"Understanding that what this facility once meant to the community and the chance to bring it back to life again is extremely motivating for me and my entire manufacturing team so we look forward to that," said Jeff Conder, Vice President of Sazerac Co. Construction on the plant could start mid-June with hiring for those 50 jobs coming in the summer months.

With Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, 1792 in Bardstown and Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro, Conder said this spot is perfect.

"All that combined, make this plant, this location in New Albany a perfect location for us. It's right in the nexus, right in the heart of all our manufacturing locations," Conder said.

New Albany City Council will still need to approve incentives for Sazerac on the project. Knable said he's expecting that to move through without issue. Indiana Economic Development Commission is also working with Sazerac on different incentives, including DINO and SEF to revitalize the plant and better train the employees hired.

Sazerac will then determine which products will be produced there and get the spot there well on its way toward making spirits a staple product of southern Indiana.

Sazerac is a family-owned distilling company behind popular brands like Buffalo Trace, Fleischmann and Glenmore Distillery. Sazerac Company leaders said Wednesday they are the fifth largest producer of spirits in the world. The company's roots are based in New Orleans, Louisiana but keeps its main office in Louisville. For more information about Sazerac, click here.

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