CHARLESTOWN, Ind. — Alcoholic beverage company Sazerac has announced plans to build a new facility in southern Indiana and create more than 360 jobs over the next six years.
The Louisville-based distillery says it will spend more than $400 million to build on 1,400 acres in Charlestown on Highway 62 near Charlestown State Park.
Sazerac plans to create 369 full-time jobs in Clark County by 2027.
The news of Sazerac’s growth in Clark County comes several months after the company announced the expansion of its New Albany distilling and bottling operations.
Jeff Conder, vice president of manufacturing for Sazerac, calls the Charlestown project incredibly exciting.
“The State of Indiana, the Clark County Council, the Clark County Commissioners and One Southern Indiana have been amazing strategic partners through this process,” said Conder. “We’re thrilled to increase our manufacturing footprint and our workforce with steady, good-paying jobs, with wages at or above the Clark County average.”
Jack Coffman, president of the Clark County Commissioners, called the news of Sazerac’s expansion a “major milestone” for the county and region.
“We look forward to working with the team at Sazerac as they continue to build on their success and enjoy continued growth in southern Indiana,” said Coffman. Clark County continues to make our focus on infrastructure development to attract new business and assist existing businesses to grow.”
The Indiana Economic Development Council plans to invest up to $3.5 million in tax credits over a decade based on Sazerac’s job creation plans and up to another $3 million in tax credits based on its investment plans. The money would only be available once people are hired and investments are made. The IEDC board must vote to approve the incentives.
Sazerac brands include Buffalo Trace, Southern Comfort, Fireball, and Goldschlager.