Kentucky Bourbon Barrel - Expands Operation, Adding 35 New Jobs

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel is a full-service used bourbon and whiskey barrel cooperage located in the heart of the Bourbon country in Louisville, Kentucky. The company buys freshly dumped barrels for re-use within the distilled spirits world. The majority of the barrels are once used bourbon barrels but, they also collect used barrels from around the world like rum barrels from Martinique or tequila barrels from Jalisco, Mexico.

The company has announced that it will invest $850,000 and create 35 full-time jobs over the next five years as it relocates its Louisville operation within the city. Renovations on the new facility will start this week with completion of phase I scheduled by the end of June. The project will help KBB meet increased demand and position it for continued growth.

“We are pleased to announce Kentucky Bourbon Barrel will keep its operation in Louisville with this relocation to a larger facility,” Gov. Bevin said. “The company’s business model showcases the vast expanse of Kentucky’s bourbon industry, even beyond the typical bourbon-making practice. Barrels used in the aging process of Kentucky bourbon are in high demand around the world. It is exciting to see a company like Kentucky Bourbon Barrel capitalize on that market, while simultaneously creating new jobs in the Louisville region.”

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“Our new location in Louisville is the perfect spot to support our expansion plan,” said Tim Ratliff, president of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel. “The building has ideal storage conditions and enough space to meet the growing demands of our customers. This relocation confirms our commitment to quality and superior customer service, as well as supporting Louisville’s urban development.”

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel was founded in 2013 as a subsidiary of Independent Stave Company. The company cooperage company, reaches distilleries, wineries and breweries in more than 40 countries. The company owns seven stave mills in total: one in northeastern France and six American oak mills. Among its US operations are the 105-employee Morehead Wood Products in Rowan County and Benton Wood Products in Marshall County, which opened in fall 2017.

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