In late August Blue Run Spirits announced it will locate a new whiskey operation in Georgetown, Kentucky, better known for making cars than bourbon. The project will include a 35,000-sq.-ft. distillery and a 20,000-sq.-ft. rickhouse and will serve as the company’s first vertically integrated distilling operation and future headquarters,” said a release from the state. “When we started Blue Run Spirits in October of 2020, we never imagined a distillery would be in our future, but our unprecedented growth has deemed that a necessity, which is an incredibly exciting prospect for our entire team,” said Blue Run Spirits CEO and co-founder Mike Montgomery, noting the “generous support” of the commonwealth through various incentive programs. The company already has released 10 bourbons and rye whiskeys, and its 2022 volume is expected to quintuple its 2021 total, with sales projected at approximately $15 million Since the start of the Gov. Andy Beshear administration, the commonwealth’s spirits industry has announced more than 50 new-location or expansion projects totaling over $1.1 billion in planned investments and creating more than 900 announced full-time jobs. Currently, approximately 60 spirits facilities directly employ more than 5,300 people.
The world’s first nailable solar shingle will soon be produced in another Georgetown, the latest city north of Austin (after Pflugerville and Round Rock) to demonstrate meteoric growth. Standard Industries’ GAF Energy announced the project in July. A lease has been signed, and the 450,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to be complete by June 2023. “Once improvements are complete, the new facility will serve as the company’s second U.S. manufacturing center for its award-winning solar roof, Timberline SolarTM,” said a news release. The first one is in San Jose, California. “Featuring the world’s first nailable solar shingle, Timberline SolarTM is the only roof system to directly integrate solar technology into traditional roofing processes and materials. The buildout of the property and its ongoing operations will result in hundreds of new, U.S.-based, clean energy manufacturing jobs and build on GAF Energy’s ongoing effort to deliver a solar roof product that is assembled in America.” “Georgetown has a long track record as a clean energy leader,” said GAF Energy President Martin DeBono, “so it is the perfect home for us to build the future of solar.” The company will receive a total combined incentive package worth more than $3.24 million for the project.