Saturday, July 29, 2017

Buffalo Trace Distillery pushes forward with $200m expansion

Buffalo Trace Distillery is moving  ahead with a $200 million expansion announced last year.
The bourbon distillery near Frankfort is building new barrel warehouses and relocating its bottling operation to make room for more cookers and fermenters.  Two office buildings are also being converted back into warehouses that will hold a combined 200,000 barrels of aging whiskey to meet demand.

Construction is underway on new warehouses are being built on 200 acres of farmland the company purchased a few years ago. This is the first time since 1951 that the company has added warehouses. The first of the warehouses will be finished by the end of the year. It will hold more than 55,000 barrels of bourbon.  Plans call for new $7 million warehouses to be built every four months for the next several years.

The company is planning for the future by moving and expanding its bottling operation in the former Distribution Center by the end of 2018.  Production this summer is already running 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. But there is a still a shortage for Buffalo Trace's flagship bourbon.

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