Sazerac Company, one of America’s oldest privately held distillers, will construct a new facility in Charlestown, Indiana. The $409 million project is expected to create 369 new jobs by the end of 2027.
The new facility will occupy 1,400 acres located at 12200 Highway 62, adjacent to Charlestown State Park.
"This is an incredibly exciting project for us," said Jeff Conder, vice president of manufacturing for Sazerac. "The state of Indiana, the Clark County Council, the Clark County Commissioners and One Southern Indiana have been amazing strategic partners through this process. We’re thrilled to increase our manufacturing footprint and our workforce with steady, good-paying jobs, with wages at or above the Clark County average."
Pending approval by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) board of directors, the IEDC will commit an investment in Sazerac of Indiana LLC (parent of Northwest Ordinance Distilling) of up to $3.5 million in the form of incentive-based tax credits over a 10-year period based on the company's job creation plans and up to $3 million in redevelopment tax credits based on the company's investment plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim credits once employees are hired and investments are made.
"Indiana's central location, strong agriculture sector and business-friendly climate make the Hoosier state the perfect place for businesses like Sazerac to successfully grow their companies," said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. "We're excited to see that Sazerac chooses Indiana, as they will become another reason our state is the best place to work, live, play, study and stay."
The announcement marks Sazerac's seventh major expansion in Indiana in the last two years, following announcements in 2021 and 2020 to invest a combined $156 million in its New Albany facility and create 250 new jobs.
“There’s nothing like ending the year on a high note. Since repurposing the former General Mills plant in New Albany, Sazerac has expanded its capacity at that location multiple times. Their announcement to build a site in Clark County reinforces their commitment to the region and significantly adds to the growing vitality of southern Indiana. As always, 1si has been delighted to be a part of this process and looks forward to assisting in any way we can,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, President and CEO of One Southern Indiana.
Sazerac Company, Inc is a privately held American alcoholic beverage company headquartered in Metairie in the metropolitan area of New Orleans, Louisiana, but with its principal office in Louisville, Kentucky.