Owensboro distillery gets new name at groundbreaking

Owensboro distillery gets new name at groundbreaking

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - The Old Charles Medley Distillery in Owensboro is getting new life, and that means more jobs.

The facility has been closed for 20 years, but now TerrePURE Kentucky Distillers is taking over by investing $25-million to buy and renovate the building to craft 30,000 barrels of bourbon and whiskey a year.

With that comes up to 75 full-time positions.

Governor Steve Beshear joined TerrePURE company officials on Thursday to reveal the new name, the O.Z. Tyler Distillery. That's in memory of the co-inventor of the TerrePURE distilling process.

Officials on site Thursday say they're excited about this new development, calling it the "golden age" of bourbon distilleries.

"It feels really good. I'm actually from Bardstown, Kentucky, which is sort of known as the bourbon capital of the world, so it's good to bring some of that here to Owensboro," said TerrePURE Operations Manager, Jacob Call. "We plan on one day being on the bourbon trail."

TerrePURE is getting some help for the project, both locally and from the state – mostly through tax incentives.

The CEO says they've started the hiring process and renovations should be complete in 18 months.

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