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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Dozens of high-paying jobs are coming to Louisville. Jim Beam wants to establish a new global business center in Louisville that could mean 60 new well-paying positions.
Beam Brands would locate on now vacant space on the second floor of Fourth Street Live in the middle of next year. The jobs will primarily be in finance and human resources.
Beam currently has about 850 workers in manufacturing operations in four Kentucky cities. The new jobs will pay an average of $80,000.
Beam plans to spend about $2 million renovating the space and be ready to move in during the second quarter of 2013.
It is just the latest project coming to downtown Louisville involving the ever growing bourbon industry.
The city says it beat out a number of other cities to get Beam to locate here. State and local governments are providing incentives to the company.
Given all of the controversy over Fourth Street Live and its developer, the Cordish Company, who critics have charged has benefited at the city's expense, Mayor Fischer seemed to make a point to defend the development.
"So this is another example why our city's investment in Fourth Street has been a positive for our city," said the mayor at a news conference announcing the news.
Half of the 60 positions have already been filled and are operating out of a temporary site in Shepherdsville.
The remaining jobs will be filled during the next 12 months.
This isn't the only expansion Beam has announced recently. It just opened a visitors center at the Jim Beam Distillery in Bullitt County.