Right to Work Kentucky Welcomes Distilleries and More

Companies are choosing to invest in Kentucky, likely as a result of its Right to Work policies. After all, Right to Work states provide more opportunities for companies while also creating new jobs. Some of the most recent Right to Work Kentucky investments are coming from Four Roses Distillery and Heaven Hill Distillery. But whiskey and bourbon companies aren’t the only ones attracted to the state. Sitex Corp and OBT Ashland are also investing here. Read on to find out more!

Four Roses Distillery:

Four Roses Distillery is adding new locations in Right to Work Coxs Creek, Kentucky with a $23 million investment.

“We’re excited about the growth of Four Roses and to have the capacity to bring our Bourbon to more whiskey-lovers around the country, but we’re even more excited about the growth of Kentucky’s bourbon industry. […] We look forward to welcoming new members to the Four Roses team with this expansion who will help us continue to show that the best bourbons in the world come out of this state.” […]

“Kentucky’s bourbon and spirits growth continues at an incredible rate, and we welcome this major investment from Four Roses in Bullitt County. […] Bourbon is a signature industry in the commonwealth that is creating quality jobs across the state. I am thrilled to see Four Roses contribute to that success and look forward to seeing this project come together over the next couple of years.” […]

“We are glad to see Four Roses Distillery thrive and expand in our county and wish them continued success.”


Heaven Hill Distillery:

Heaven Hill Distillery is investing $135 million in order to add a new location in Right to Work Bardstown, Kentucky. This will also create 38 new jobs!

“Heaven Hill is bullish on the success of the commonwealth’s signature industry and growth in the heart of the bourbon capital of the world. […] Our new distillery will honor our long-time Bardstown roots while applying state-of-the-art equipment and processes to produce the highest quality American whiskey and build upon our meaningful partnership with Bardstown and Kentucky.” […]

“This is a significant day for Heaven Hill and Kentucky. The return of distilling operations to Nelson County is a return to the company’s roots, and the investment highlights the continued growth of bourbon and spirits in the commonwealth. […] I am incredibly happy for the residents of Bardstown and the surrounding area, and I want to thank the leaders at Heaven Hill for this commitment to create new job opportunities and build the company’s presence in our state.” […]

“We are thrilled the Shapira family decided to expand their already deep roots in Bardstown with the building of their new state-of-the-art distillery here. […] This multimillion-dollar investment will make a significant impact on not just the community, but on the hundreds of Heaven Hill employees and their families.”


Sitex Corp:

SITEX is investing $4.5 million in order to expand in Right to Work Henderson, Kentucky. This will also create 30 new jobs!

“This continued investment in our Henderson facility will create more opportunities for Henderson-area residents and support our company’s growth in Kentucky as well as our other locations.” […]

By meeting its annual targets over the agreement term, the company can be eligible to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates. The company may claim eligible incentives against its income tax liability and/or wage assessments. In addition, SITEX can receive resources from Kentucky’s workforce service providers. Those include no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job-training incentives.

“Henderson Economic Development continues to be encouraged by our existing industries growing in our community. […] We appreciate the forward-thinking of SITEX to invest in efficient equipment and add jobs in Henderson.”


OBT Ashland:

OBT Ashland is investing $45 million in order to add a new location in Right to Work Greenup County, Kentucky. This will create 55 new jobs!

“We are excited to expand our presence in Appalachia and to bring family-sustaining jobs to Kentucky by manufacturing revolutionary products to assist in solving the nation’s housing crisis.” […]

“We are working to create economic opportunities and quality jobs in every region of the state, and this investment by OBT Ashland in Greenup County helps move us toward that goal. […] I am thrilled the company’s leaders see the great advantages of locating in this community, and I look forward to OBT’s growth in Northeast Kentucky for years to come.” […]


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