BOSTON, Ky. (WDRB) - The bourbon boom underway in Kentucky is resulting in a building boom. And that boom is affecting more than just the bourbon industry.
In Boston, Kentucky (Nelson County), the expansion of the Jim Beam Distillery continues.
Last summer, it was merely a large wooden frame of a new rack house under construction.
On Thursday, the $3.5 million project was finished to be eventually filled with more than 50,000 bourbon barrels.
And more storage warehouses will be built here.
"We just built this one. This is number three. We have two already built, and we have plans for a fourth one about to get under construction and then a fifth one at the north end of the campus that will be built next year," Jim Beam Distillery manager Kevin Evans said.
The Buzick Construction Company of Bardstown is building a number of new rack houses around the region.
In addition to the ones at Jim Beam, it also has projects underway at Maker's Mark and Heaven Hill.
And the construction company is about to begin building an entire distillery operation - the new Bardstown Bourbon Company.
That $25 million investment will be built on 100 acres in the Nelson County Industrial Park.
"We are working with them right now, finishing up design plans," said Don Blincoe, vice president of Buzick Construction. "(We) expect to break ground in about a week, trying to get them into operation by the end of next year."
The construction company has never been busier, according to its president Tom Blincoe.
"We are adding employees, buying equipment ... Our payroll is big, which is good for all of the people of Nelson County," he said.
The economic ripple effect runs deep.
"All of the suppliers are doing well. We buy lumber here in Kentucky. We buy from concrete companies here. The bourbon boom has just been a big economic stimulus for the region."
Those in the industry say they expect the good times to continue indefinitely.
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