Kentucky whiskey darling Willett plans to invest nearly $93 million in that state’s Washington County to build warehouses and additional production facilities.
The new Willett operations, according to information from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s office, indicates the nearly $93 million being spent will support projects that include the construction of a new distillery operation, barrel storage warehouses and a water storage area for fire prevention.
The project will include a 70,000-square-foot facility on 150 acres in the town of Springfield. Construction is expected to begin in January 2023.
“We are grateful for each person that picks up a bottle of our family’s whiskey,” said Britt Kulsveen, president and chief whiskey officer at Willett Distillery, in a prepared statement. “It is both humbling and the greatest honor to be included in any celebration. Our intention is always to make a personal connection with our customers and fill their glass with cheer.”
Drew Kulsveen, master distiller and director of operations of Willett Distillery, added that he is appreciative of the hospitality shown from the local community.
“The Springfield community has graciously welcomed us with the same warmth and attentiveness that we try to show our guests every day,” said Kulsveen. “We are grateful for the kindness and support we have received from the Springfield community and for the continued support of our Bardstown home.”
“Kentucky’s bourbon industry is experiencing incredible momentum throughout the entire state,” said Gov. Beshear. “The demand for our bourbon is stronger than ever, and that’s a testament to the companies and distillers we have in the commonwealth who produce high-quality, world-class bourbon. Willett Distillery, which has been a staple of Kentucky bourbon for over eight decades, is bringing quality jobs to Washington County.
“I want to thank their leadership for continuing to support the commonwealth and look forward to many more years of their success.”
The announcement of the new Willett facility comes on the same day Pernod Ricard unveiled its plans for a new, $250 million distillery and related facilities, including a visitor’s center, for Jefferson’s Bourbon. These investments add to Kentucky’s booming bourbon sector, which is a nearly $9 billion signature industry generating more than 22,500 jobs with an annual payroll exceeding $1.23 billion.