Clayco architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm is the builder for Pernod Ricard’s green field distillery in the United States, a $196 million project in Marion County, Kentucky.

The project, designed by the Lamar Johnson Collaborative, is part of Pernod Ricard’s fast-growing Jefferson’s Bourbon brand. Clayco Design & Engineering is the project’s process engineer and structural engineer. The facility will produce 7.5 million proof gallons of bourbon annually and employ 55 full time.

Anticipated to break ground in early 2023 and completed in the third quarter of 2024, the 150,000-s.f., state-of-the-art, carbon-neutral distillery and aging warehouses will be on a 265-acre campus with a world-class visitor center to welcome bourbon enthusiasts on the historic Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

The Pernod Ricard green field distillery will be the first of its size in the United States to achieve LEED certification, an internationally recognized sustainability framework for efficient, carbon and cost-saving environmentally friendly buildings. The distillery and warehouses will include such low-carbon technologies as electrode boilers powered by certified renewable electricity, allowing the distillery to abstain from using fossil fuels during bourbon production.

Clayco is leading the design-oriented visitor center using an integrated design-build approach with its in-house engineering capabilities and architecture that strives for a low carbon footprint.

In addition, as part of Pernod Ricard’s commitment to protect and nurture its relationship with the community, Jefferson’s will continue to partner with local farmers and suppliers to source ingredients and casks whenever possible.

With $4.9 billion in revenue for 2021, Clayco specializes in the “art and science of building,” providing fast-track, efficient solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential-related building projects. For more information, visit

Headquartered in New York City, Pernod Ricard USA is the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA., the world’s second-largest spirits and wine company. Pernod employs 19,000 worldwide.

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