Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Announces $2 Million Distillery Expansion
Casey Jones Distillery in Western Kentucky will undergo a $1.9 million expansion. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced the expansion Thursday adding that it will create 15 full-time jobs.
“Kentucky’s bourbon and spirits industry is currently in a period of incredible growth and expansion,” Beshear said in a news release. “We are seeing example after example of companies choosing the commonwealth to expand their distilling operations, which is a testament to the resources, workforce and communities that support this industry. I want to thank Casey Jones Distillery for their commitment to Kentucky and wish them nothing but success in the future.”
The expansion will add a 1,000-gallon distillation, fermentation and mash-cooking system to expand bourbon production capacity. Additional storage equipment and a distilled water system also will be installed.
“With the belief and commitment of our remarkable staff, and the many partners like South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, our dream and our goal of being the premier craft distillery in Western Kentucky is going to come true,” said Arlon “AJ” Jones, master distiller and co-founder of Casey Jones Distillery.
Based in Hopkinsville, Casey Jones Distillery was founded in 2014 and is independently owned.
“Casey Jones Distillery continues to be an exemplar of local, family-owned business demonstrating the entrepreneurial spirit of the Bluegrass State,” said Carter Hendricks, executive director for the South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council. “With Peg and AJ’s leadership and strong support from local, regional and state government, Casey Jones Distillery will continue making a significant economic impact on our region for generations to come. We are thrilled to see their expansion come to life and look forward to supporting their continued success.”
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