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Four Roses plans $23m warehouse expansion

Kentucky-based Four Roses Distillery will invest more than US$23 million to build new warehouses to support increased demand for its Bourbon.

Four Roses Distillery
The Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

The Lawrenceburg distillery will construct 17 warehouses totalling more than 776,000 square feet to support continued growth. The work is due to be completed by 2024 and will increase bottle storage and create new jobs.

The Bourbon producer currently employs 137 people in Kentucky, including 20 at an existing warehouse in Coxs Creek.

“We’re excited about the growth of Four Roses and to have the capacity to bring our Bourbon to more whiskey lovers around the country, but we’re even more excited about the growth of Kentucky’s Bourbon industry,” said Ryan Ashley, chief operating officer for Four Roses Bourbon.

“We look forward to welcoming new members to the Four Roses team with this expansion who will help us continue to show that the best Bourbons in the world come out of this state.”

Four Roses’ history dates back to the mid-19th century in Georgia, with the company producing Bourbon in Kentucky since 1888. The distillery operated on Louisville’s Whiskey Row until it moved to Lawrenceburg in the 1960s.

Last year, Four Roses unveiled a newly constructed visitor centre at its distillery.

Since December 2019, Kentucky’s spirits industry has seen more than 50 new location or expansion announcements contribute to more than US$1.1 billion in planned investments and more than 900 full-time jobs. Today, the state’s spirits industry employs more than 5,300 people.

“Kentucky’s Bourbon and spirits growth continues at an incredible rate, and we welcome this major investment from Four Roses in Bullitt County,” Kentucky governor Andy Beshear said.

“Bourbon is a signature industry in the commonwealth that is creating quality jobs across the state. I am thrilled to see Four Roses contribute to that success and look forward to seeing this project come together over the next couple of years.”

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