LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- More jobs are coming to Louisville in the bourbon industry, as Deerfield, Illinois-based Beam, Inc. continues to invest in Kentucky.
On Monday, the spirits company cut the ribbon on a new North American Global Business Services Center on the second floor of Fourth Street Live, where the old Borders Book Store used to be.
Beam spent $1.7 million renovating the space into modern offices. "What we have here are management jobs, senior analysts, and analysts positions covering human resource services and financial services," explains Tom McPartlin, Vice President of Global Business Services for Beam, Inc.
Although the ribbon was cut on Monday, about 30 white collar workers have been on the job there for several weeks. "Some of the jobs we transitioned from Deerfield to here," says McPartlin, "but other jobs here are part of the building out of our services that we need to support our businesses as we grow."
The company says it hopes to double the number of workers to 60 at the new offices during the next 18 months. Beam and the bourbon industry as a whole expect to see strong growth in their business in the immediate future.
Beam's move to Fourth and Liberty Streets follows a recent $30 million investment in its Bullitt County operation that includes one of its bottling operations. The company recently built a new Global Innovation Center for research and development, along with a new visitors center.
Says McPartlin, "We are excited about being here in Louisville, we are excited about our continuing investment in Kentucky, and bringing a winning team to a winning city and a winning state."
State and local governments are providing incentives to Beam. The spirits company currently has 875 workers in Kentucky.
During the past couple of years, Kentucky distilleries have invested $230 million in new projects with more likely to come.
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