Expansion projected to bring up to 50 new jobs to area
In May 2020, Northwest Ordinance Distilling, a distilled spirits bottling facility, announced its intention to expand its production facility in New Albany, Ind. The facility, located at 707 Pillsbury Lane, was purchased in June of 2018 and is the former General Mills Pillsbury plant, which closed in 2016.
The $39.5 million expansion will include $7.5 million in building improvements and $32 million in new processing and bottling lines. The expansion will allow the company to add many new products to its bottling line and will result in the addition of 50 full time employees.
“We’re excited to be able to grow our Northwest Ordinance Distilling again,” said Jeff Conder, vice president of manufacturing. “The State of Indiana, the City of New Albany, and One Southern Indiana have all been great partners to us and created a very business friendly environment. We look forward to expanding both our manufacturing footprint and our workforce with steady, good paying jobs.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Sazerac of Indiana LLC (Northwest Ordinance Distilling) up to $500,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired.
“Today’s announcement is another encouraging sign of positive economic momentum in Indiana,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “As we work to get our state’s economy back on track in the midst of so much uncertainty, we are encouraged by the growth that continues across the state, and we are so grateful for Northwest Ordinance Distilling’s commitment to providing quality job opportunities to Hoosiers in southern Indiana.”
The company will be seeking real and property tax abatements, which allow the company to phase in its increased property taxes over time. The tax abatements offer the company an estimated savings of $2.26 million over the next ten years. The New Albany City Council is scheduled to vote on final approval of the company’s local incentives next week, with the project contingent upon the council’s approval.
“The Northwest Ordinance Distilling has been a tremendous partner for the City of New Albany since their reopening of the General Mills facility in 2018. Not only do they employ more than 100 workers at a pay averaging nearly 20 percent above the Floyd County average, they have also invested approximately $2 million to reactivate the CSX rail line that originally served the plant,” said New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan, “I am excited about the possibility of the expansion and look forward to the Council’s decision on June 1st.”
Northwest Ordinance Distilling has stepped up in the fight against COCIV-19, producing hand sanitizer for some of the world’s largest organizations in the healthcare, government, military, retail, distribution, airline, pharmacy and banking industries. In addition, the company played a part in the donation of nearly 15,000 N95 respirator masks to the health care industry last month.
Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO of One Southern Indiana said, “Northwest Ordinance Distilling choosing to locate its new facility in New Albany was the biggest business news story in 2018. Now, after only two years, the company is again exhibiting confidence in our workforce, government and community, by choosing to expand here. This is a great sign for the recovery of Southern Indiana from the current economic crisis and the company’s prestige and continued success is a boon to the portfolio of industries in the area. As always, 1si is ready to assist them in any way we can.”
About Northwest Ordinance Distilling
Northwest Ordinance Distilling is part of the Sazerac family, one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada.
About One Southern Indiana
One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 as the economic development organization and chamber of commerce serving Clark and Floyd counties. 1si’s mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the Southern Indiana / Louisville metro area.
Since its inception, the organization has evolved to include a three-prong approach to serve its members and investors. Business Resources, as the chamber side of the organization, encompasses membership, signature events and programs which support and encourage business growth; Economic Development works to grow the regional economy through the attraction of new commerce and assists with retention and expansion of existing businesses; Advocacy supports businesses at the government level by engaging in the initiatives to preserve, protect and promote a business-friendly environment free of obstacles to growth and development of commerce. For more information on One Southern Indiana, visit www.1si.org.