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Bulleit Distillery Co. spends millions to establish environmentally friendly distillery in Shelbyville

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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It has been nearly a year since crews broke ground on the 300-acre site and the new distillery project is coming together rather quickly.

As one of the nation's fastest-growing whiskey brands, Bulleit officials say a speedy process is a "must."

"Every day that it takes us to build this distillery is an issue. So our goal is to get this distillery running as soon as possible," said Dan Feeser, Chief Engineer of the project.

The company hired 150 construction workers and counting to help speed the $115 million project along, with plans to go above and beyond to protect the environment on and around the site.

"We've added the 20,000 lineal feed of storm water pipe. We've made the 6-million gallon echo pond.  The purpose of all that is should there be an incident like one that has happened in Kentucky over the years, we have the capability to maintain and control the situation," Feeser said.

All six warehouses will contain 55,000 barrels of Bourbon stacked six pallets high and 18 deep in each row.

There's also six feet of concrete that surrounds the entire warehouse so that in the event of a natural disaster, nothing is released into the environment.

The distillery will employ about 30 people and all of its corn will be bought from Shelby County farmers.

The overall economic impact has many residents excited about the future.

"Another huge opportunity is the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.  If we can get Shelby County on the trail, that would be really significant," said Shelbyville resident Gary Walls.

While the current site may appear to be just a framework, it's an outline of a multi-million dollar project in the works in Shelby County.

The distillery should be up and running by the end of 2016.

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