US: Beam to close bottling plant

18 November, 2009

Beam Global Spirits & Wine is to close a bottling plant in the US.

In 2011, the company will move production of DeKuyper cordials and other spirits bottled in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Beam Global facilities in Frankfort and Clermont, Ky. This will reduce the company’s US bottling operations from four facilities to three, with the Cincinnati plant discontinuing operations in the second half of 2011. There are currently 184 employees at this plant.

Ian Gourlay, Beam Global’s senior vice president of global operations and supply chain said: “It’s imperative to capitalize on opportunities that make our operations more efficient and enhance our competitive position.

“Our Kentucky facilities in Frankfort and Clermont have the capability to absorb the bottling activity currently performed in Cincinnati as well as the potential to accommodate higher volumes in the future. Reducing our U.S. bottling operations from four facilities to three will efficiently utilize our capacity and simplify our supply chain.

“While we will be adding jobs in Kentucky, it’s important to underscore that the decision to consolidate our US bottling facilities in 2011 is no reflection on the dedication and hard work of our associates in Cincinnati,” Gourlay said. “We are committed to working with them to ease the transition as these plans progress over the next two years, and we hope that many will be interested in employment at our Kentucky operations.”

As a result of this initiative, Beam Global expects by the end of 2011 to add approximately 120 new jobs in Kentucky and invest in technology upgrades at its Frankfort plant. In Kentucky, Beam Global operates distilleries with bottling capability in Clermont, Frankfort and Loretto, as well as a distillery in Boston, Ky.