Buffalo Trace to expand, hire 40

Distillery will break ground April 30

State Journal staff report, Published:

Buffalo Trace Distillery will add 40 full-time jobs in the next two to three years and gain an 83,000-square-foot warehouse distribution center, the distillery’s parent company, Sazerac, announced Wednesday.

The new portion of the warehouse will be connected to the existing distribution center, according to a press release from Sazerac. 

The distillery has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for April 30, spokeswoman Amy Preske said.

In February, the Frankfort City Commission approved de-annexing 5.48 acres of land on Wilkinson Boulevard for the expansion.

Before the decision, the site crossed from the county’s jurisdiction into the city’s land. The governments reached a tax-sharing agreement to push the plans forward.

“The company is investing additional funds in the project to ensure that the new building is in keeping with the Distillery’s current look and feel from an architectural standpoint, thereby enhancing its status as a National Historic Landmark,” the release said.

Sazerac plans to spend nearly $71 million total expanding Buffalo Trace and its two other Kentucky distilleries: The Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro and the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown.  

The money will be used to improve bottling, distribution and barrel warehouse storage capacity. 

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has given preliminary approval for tax incentives totaling approximately $7.4 million between the three Sazerac-owned sites.

“To see not one, not two, but three iconic distilleries expand their operations shows the world’s taste for bourbon is soaring,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in the press release.

“Bourbon remains a signature industry in Kentucky, and these expansions will continue to grow this legacy. I want to congratulate Sazerac on its investment and the addition of more than 100 new jobs throughout the commonwealth.”

Gray Construction has been hired to design and construct highly automated distribution centers at Buffalo Trace and The Glenmore Distillery. The systems use satellite technology to store pallets in multiple deep storage lanes. 

Sazerac is the first spirits supplier in the United States to use such technology.

“We are very proud we are able to continue to invest in Kentucky through its people and its infrastructure,” said Mark Brown, president and chief executive officer of Sazerac. “By the time all of our projects are finished at our three facilities, we’ll have well over 1,200 employees in the state, and we’re excited about the possibility of growing even more.”

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  • dailyvowelmovement, April 17, 2014 12:49PM

    "M O D E R A T I O N Bruno, that is the key.

    How many die from heart disease because they are to **** fat and eat too **** unhealty...?? MODERATION.

    Do you suggest we take away this BILLION dollar product Kentucky produces and distributes worldwide..???

    Almost everyone owns guns in the USA and the deaths, accidental or non-accidental greatly exceed the deaths by alcohol. Want to take the guns away too..??"

    I am not advocating that we "take away" (prohibition) anything, am I?  We already know the prohibition is an abject failure and that all it really does is create a violent criminal element for black market distribution.  Alcohol prohibition in the 1930's created the Mafia, which is still with us today to a lesser extent.  NOOOO, I am not advocating prohibition...read more carefully.

    What I am pointing out is the hypocrisy in our public policy and specifically our drug laws where we use public funds to promote more bourbon use throughout the world and celebrate it like bourbon was oatbran (like there isn't enough alcohol out there in the world right now...3rd leading cause of death and all), while our legislature calls a special session to address a non-problem of "heroin taking over our state".


    "M O D E R A T I O N Bruno, that is the key."

    I agree, but if folks used alcohol in moderation, would it be the 3rd leading cause of preventable death?  NOT!   Shouldn't we be using that public money to operate alcohol treatment centers rather than promoting the use of a drug that the purveyors market directly to our children?  Or how about using that public tax money to fund programs to address childhood obesity, which really IS taking over our state?  


    "Almost everyone owns guns in the USA and the deaths, accidental or non-accidental greatly exceed the deaths by alcohol. Want to take the guns away too..??"

    Hold on there sparky...you just can't pull these figures out of thin air...unless you are a Republican, that is.  According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 67% of all homicides in the U.S. were conducted using a firearm. Two-thirds of all gun-related deaths in the U.S. are suicides. In 2010, there were 19,392 firearm-related suicides, and 11,078 firearm-related homicides in the U.S.

    By comparison, the CDC reports that:

    "There are approximately 88,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States.1 This makes excessive alcohol use the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death for the nation.2 Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death.1 In 2006, there were more than 1.2 million emergency room visits and 2.7 million physician office visits due to excessive drinking.3 The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2006 were estimated at $223.5 billion.3"

    And they say that heroin is worse than alcohol, so we need to step up enforcement and throw more of them in jail.  How stupid can people get?  We will see...

  • Why is it that if a regular citizen grows marijuana it is considered an illegal drug that is a danger to society? But if a drug company processes it then it is considered a useful drug for sale to the public? I think we know the answer to that. Money & greed.

  • dailyvowelmovement would it be fair to say moderation is the key to some illegal drugs also? I will use cacaine as an example. What if a man and woman were in their own home enjoying some cocaine like I enjoy my harmful and deadly cigarettes or someone sipping on his beer or bourbon who arent bothering or causing other people harm. I personally would say MODERATION IS THE KEY but how does others think and WHY? Believe me when I say I am not advocating any drug use. I know we are p!ss!n in the wind by spending tens of billions fighting and incarcerating addicts when we should be trying to actually help them with their problems. The ones who aren't breaking laws or harming other folks? Why can't folks just leave others alone who aren't hurting anybody but themselves like me when I smoke my cigarettes.  They do not break any other laws other than possessing an illegal drug.Why?

    I honestly believe money plays a big BIG role in some drugs being illegal. It is just my opinion based on how they (some) are no more or even less dangerous than the two legal drugs that has killed millions every year. Killed innocent bystanders also. Now I am not talking about cooking up a housefull of crystal methamphetamines with children or none users present. But illegal drugs like cocaine, marijuana or 60's type popular drugs.

  • M O D E R A T I O N Bruno, that is the key.

    How many die from heart disease because they are to **** fat and eat too **** unhealty...?? MODERATION.

    Do you suggest we take away this BILLION dollar product Kentucky produces and distributes worldwide..???

    Almost everyone owns guns in the USA and the deaths, accidental or non-accidental greatly exceed the deaths by alcohol. Want to take the guns away too..??

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  • *** this the same Head Narcotic Deputy that apparently coerced Charles Monroe to become a CI under the full threat of a First Degree Rape charge (20years +) and then sent him into a drug sting where he was killed because they neglected to provide security?  Chew on THAT folks.

  • Bout the only thing widespread around here are the felons created because they chose another drug. BrunoUno, have you any idea how many people became felons here over Mr. Lawman Sheriff and his former corrupt thug deputy. Ya know, the one that the FBI nailed for robbing dealers/addicts of their personal property and cash for his own pocket? You remember don'tcha, that one that was always in the paper busting addicts/dealers, parading everyone of them on the news and internet. That one that sold illegal drugs himself while raiding this county like a wild viking pilfering everything in his path. The one that Ted Collins and Steve Clark are getting the blame for hiring him and keeping him as a bailiff.

    The one made Head Narcotic Detective, the first one ever in the Sheriffs department after Melton was elected and started his campaign to wipe Franklin County free of drugs to become the first sheriff in the United States to do so?. The one that overwhelmed our courts to the point that the judge said the courts cannot handle it. The one who stole money right out of the sheriffs office and was allowed to resign instead of firing and arresting him on the spot. The one that is soon to become a felon himself. The one that served during the sudden increase of home invasions of suspected dealers where some serious cash and valuable items were taken.The one that offered to sell the owners back their valuable jewelry that he stole on his many raids? The one that put a pistol to a guys head wanting more info to get money the best way a corrupt cop can, by wearing his badge and using the power of the office. The one who was allowed to keep this up for over two years supposely without his boss or co-workers knowledge but yet the talk of the town. They said. who ya gonna believe, a drug dealer or a cop.  The one videotaped shaking a ticket scalper out of his tickets or wanting him to pay a 100 dollar fine directly to him while wearing plain clothes, driving personal vehicle and refusing to show his badge when asked several times, in another county. The one that left in a hurry without putting his seatbelt on when that countys sheriff was called over this?

    The one that ruffed up a pawn shop owner and got our sheriffs office sued. The one who Melton got his Jefferson County counterpart to investigate over a womans claim of him making her undress, get naked. The one that threatened to arrest any and all innocent bystanders watching him work in an illegal fashion. The one that scared other law agencies to backup his raids. We now have constables backing up the sheriffs office instead of trained lawman. How many of those addicts got the help that they really needed? Now they are felons because of their addiction and they never bothered nobody or pushed outside of their circle.  Now they are all dependant on the government to provide for them. As if jobs weren't hard enough to get lately, they got even harder. I agree, whiskey is a lot safer than illegal drugs but not due to the harmed caused by them. Where is the Pappy at? Would it be out of the realm to think that maybe it was traded for protection? Thats why nobody can find out even with a huge reward. Chew on it folks !

  • So, they will create 40 new jobs at what cost to our society?  How cheaply we sell out to the purveyors of the drug that is the 3rd leading cause of preventable death...that markets directly to our kids!  Thirty pieces of silver was the price for which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus, according to an account in the Gospel of Matthew 26:15 in the New Testament.  How much difference is this?

  • It is ironic that we celebrate the vast expansion (partially funded with tax money) of the corporate production of alcohol, the drug that is the 3rd leading cause of preventable death, on the same day that the Legislature announces a special session (also funded by $70 grand a day in public funds) to deal with the so-called "heroin epidemic".  This epidemic effects a few 10ths of 1% of our population.  It is also really stupid.  Do you people even know what an epidemic is?  It is defined as "a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time."

    The key word here is "widespread", and a few 10ths of 1% of our population is not it.  Stupid.