Gruppo Campari to Open $40 Million Bottling Facility
Gruppo Campari recently announced its plan to build a new packaging facility at their Wild Turkey site in Lawrenceburg to which the Commonwealth of Kentucky confirmed its support. This morning, the Commonwealth preliminarily approved up to $2.35 million in economic incentives to help create jobs through the up to $44 million construction project, which will provide full bottling and packaging capabilities for all of Gruppo Campari’s U.S.-distilled spirits brands, including not only the Wild Turkey Whiskey line, but SKYY Vodka as well.
“This is a major milestone for the Wild Turkey distillery and two of Gruppo Campari’s biggest growth engines,” said Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO of Gruppo Campari. “This gives us the ownership of the full production process for our Wild Turkey brands — from distilling to aging to bottling — all in one location, while also housing the packaging of our largest U.S.-based brand, SKYY Vodka. We are very pleased to be working cooperatively with the Commonwealth on this important project.”
Slated to open in fall of 2013, the new Wild Turkey Distillery packaging facility is designed to initially handle up to 4 million 9-liter cases of product annually and has the capacity to support the Company’s North American packaging platform well into the future, addressing the growth of Wild Turkey, Wild Turkey American Honey, Russell’s Reserve, Rare Breed Bourbon and SKYY Vodka in the United States and around the globe.
The Wild Turkey Distillery did previously house its own packaging capabilities, but those were discontinued by the brand’s previous owner in 2006. The new facility will provide cost efficiencies, improved customer service, and added production flexibility through in-sourcing the company’s packaging needs.
Since purchasing the brand in 2009, Gruppo Campari has made a major financial commitment to the distillery’s operations and its employees. In 2011, the company unveiled a $50 million expansion at the distillery, more than doubling the plant’s production capabilities. This was coupled with the opening of multiple new barrel warehouses over the past several years. Gruppo Campari’s up to $44 million investment in the new packaging facility would be spread out over three years.