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Another distillery to open in Bardstown in 2016

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bourbon will soon be flowing at a brand new distillery in Bardstown.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was on hand at My Old Kentucky Home State Park Thursday morning as plans were announced for the Bardstown Bourbon Company. Plans call for the new facility to be built in the Nelson County industrial park.

The $25 million investment will mean 35 new jobs for the area.

The president and CEO of the Bardstown Bourbon Company is David Mandell, who has plenty of experience in the spirits industry.

"The bourbon industry is growing," he tells WDRB News. "It is a wonderful product, it's a product that has a rich history here in Bardstown, and we are looking to do some really innovative things in bourbon and we are bringing a lot of experience.

That experience includes the retired master distiller at Makers Mark, Steve Nally, who will become the master distiller at the new operation.

"Initially we are going to start off with a premium bourbon," says Nally. "As time goes on we may branch off into some other category some other brand."

Mandell says he is looking forward to the challenge of creating a new bourbon product at a time when bourbon sales are booming.

"I think it is kind of a dream of every person somewhere in the back of their mind to open a bourbon distillery, it's a great industry to be a part of," Mandell says.

In his remarks at the announcement ceremony the Governor talked about the growth of the bourbon industry over the last decade or so.

"Bourbon distilling has more than doubled its importance to this state's overall economic activity in just the last 13 years," says Beshear.

The state is providing more than a million dollars in economic incentives and tax breaks to the project.

This facility -- the fifth in Nelson County -- will also have a visitors' center for tourists.

Construction will begin this summer and is expected to be finished in 2016.

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