Northwest Ordinance Distilling, a distilled spirits bottling facility, announced its intention to once again expand its production facility in New Albany, IN. The former General Mills Pillsbury plant, located at 707 Pillsbury Lane, was purchased in June of 2018, with a $39.5 million expansion in 2020 that resulted in the addition of 50 full-time employees and a $49 million expansion in 2021, creating the same number of positions.
This new $78 million expansion will include $25 million in building improvements and $53 million in four new processing and bottling lines, bringing the total number of lines at the New Albany facility to 14. The proposed expansion will better allow the company to meet market demand and add up to 50 full-time employees over four years.
“We’re thrilled to be growing Northwest Ordinance Distilling yet again,” said James Hartman, plant general manager. “As Sazerac enters its next growth phase, the Northwest Ordinance Distilling processing and bottling plant has the capacity and scalability that make it ideally positioned for investment and job creation to address production growth to meet demand. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the State of Indiana, the City of New Albany, and One Southern Indiana. We are excited to once again increase our manufacturing footprint and our workforce with steady, good-paying jobs, with wages at or above the Floyd County average.”
The company was approved for tax abatements, allowing it to phase in its increased real and property taxes over time. The abatements offer the company an estimated savings of just over $4 million on real estate taxes over the next ten years and nearly $1.9 million in personal property taxes over the next five years, as approved by the New Albany City Council. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is working to finalize additional incentives to support the company’s continued growth in Indiana.