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August 2, 2013 – Beam Inc. has announced plans for a new 600,000 square foot distribution center to be built next year near its main bottling facility in Frankfort, Kentucky. The center will create around 60 new jobs, and Beam will be looking for a logistics and distribution provider to own and operate the center between now and the start of construction in early 2014.
The Frankfort bottling facility handles about 55% of Beam’s total production of 21 million cases annually in Kentucky, along with bottling Canadian Club and other Beam products. The new distribution center will serve as a permanent warehousing facility for spirits before shipping to distributors around the world. In a news release, Beam global manufacturing vice president David Hunter cited the advantages of centralizing distribution around the Frankfort plant:
“In the past five years, Beam’s volume at Frankfort has more than doubled, and two-thirds of Beam’s annual global volume is produced out of our plants in Kentucky. By having a third-party logistics provider operate this new distribution center for us, we will be able to focus on our core competency of making the best spirits in the world and best meet the growing distribution needs of our business. We couldn’t be more pleased to show once again that we’re growing for the future in Kentucky.”
Last month, Beam opened its Global Business Services Center in Louisville, moving more than 30 administrative positions in finance, human resources, and other areas from the company’s headquarters in Deerfield, Illinois.