Our teams at Clayco and Lamar Johnson Collaborative have something to toast about! We are working as the design-build crew for the first Pernod Ricard green field distillery in the United States. We will develop its 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, carbon-neutral distillery and aging warehouses in Marion County, Kentucky. 

The 265-acre project is part of Pernod Ricard’s growing Jefferson’s Bourbon brand and will produce over 7.5 million proof gallons of bourbon annually. To keep community ties close, Jefferson will partner with local farmers and suppliers to source ingredients and casks whenever possible. The structure will also include a world-class visitor center to welcome bourbon enthusiasts on the historic Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Pernod Ricard USA  is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA., the world’s second-largest spirits and wine company. Its team members describe themselves as “créateurs de convivialité,” aiming to help unlock the magic of human connection by bringing good times from a good place. 

Our organizations share the same values of fostering connection and innovation throughout our communities. Pernod Ricard also focuses on sustainability in its operations, striving to be environmentally responsible at every step – from grain to glass. Its Sustainability & Responsibility Roadmap supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The company was recognized as a UN Global Compact LEAD participant as the only wine and spirits company for its work on the SDGs. 

To maintain crucial eco-friendly momentum, The Pernod Ricard green field distillery will be the first of its size in the U.S. to achieve LEED certification and include such low-carbon technologies, such as electrode boilers powered by certified renewable electricity, to allow the distillery to abstain from using fossil fuels during bourbon production. 

It is always great collaborating with passionate organizations to bring new and diverse enterprises and opportunities to America. I look forward to assisting Pernod Ricard in creating a better way for people to live and work together for generations to come. Cheers to the transformative facility’s completion in 2024!