Mothballed distillery to make fast-aged whiskeyBy Amy Hopkins
Work has begun renovating the mothballed Old Charles Medley Distillery in Kentucky, which plans to produce “rapidly aged” whiskey.
TerrePure Spirits acquired the Owensboro-based distillery in 2014 and broke ground on its US$25 million renovation yesterday (30 June)
The 80-year-old site, which has been closed for 20 years, has been given the new title of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery in memory of the co-inventor of the “TerrePure distilling process”.
South Carolina-based TerrePure will repair the buildings across the 28-acre site and install new equipment.
The group creates spirits for retailers by using a patented technology that uses ultrasonic energy and oxygenation to rapidly mature it.
“This is an exciting time for our distilling industry and a historical milestone for Owensboro, and it is great to see historic facilities like this one coming back to life,” said Kentucky governor Steve Beshear.
The distillery is expected to be complete and operational by 2016 and plans to employ up to 75 people.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $1.2 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program.
“We are extremely grateful to the Owensboro community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky for all they have done to encourage and welcome us, including tax and other incentives,” said Earl Hewlette, CEO of Terressentia Corp.
“We have begun the local hiring process, and we anticipate adding approximately 50 to 75 jobs for the distillery operations once fully refurbished.”