July 15, 2013

Beam goes live on Fourth Street in Downtown Louisville

Beam Inc., a leading global premium spir­its company, today celebrated the grand opening of its new Global Business Services Center, located at 408 S. Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. The center establishes a highly visible corporate presence for the world’s No. 1 Bourbon maker, Beam, in the heart of Fourth Street Live!, and further adds to Beam’s growth in the Commonwealth. A total of 30 professionals have already been recruited and hired for positions ranging from human resources to fi­nance.

As part of a companywide efficiency and effectiveness initiative, Beam’s Global Business Services Center combines select financial and human resources transactional activities into one centralized hub. The center, which opened last fall out of a temporary work space in Shepherdsville, Ky., acts as the primary point of contact for Beam’s North America business in the areas of benefits, compensation, accounts pay­able, payroll and other key business processes. Additional positions oper­ating out of the center are expected in the future.

“The Bourbon industry is a key driv­er of our economy throughout the Commonwealth, and Beam is on the forefront of that growth,” said Governor Steven Beshear. “With the opening of Beam’s Global Business Services Center right in downtown Louisville, we are pleased that Beam is once again raising the profile of one of our home state industries and bringing more jobs to our families in Kentucky.”

“We are thrilled that Beam has cho­sen Louisville and has built office space that is front and center on Fourth Street,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “This is job creation at its finest, and with Beam as one of the state’s largest employers, we couldn’t be more pleased to have the compa­ny right in the heart of our downtown, bringing new professional jobs to the city.”

“Thanks to the support of Governor Beshear, Mayor Fischer, the entire city of Louisville and the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority, we couldn’t be more proud to further deepen our commitment and presence in the Commonwealth,” said Tom McPartlin, vice president global business services at Beam. “We’ve already recruited top talent from the area, and as we continue to expand our processes and capabili­ties spearheaded by the center, we expect to hire additional professional positions and continue to grow for the future in Kentucky.”

Upon announcing the site in November, Beam has invested ap­proximately $1.7 million in building materials and equipment to retro­fit the office space. Beam occupies a total of 24,000 square feet of the building’s second floor. Local firms were used in the construction includ­ing Rick Ogburn, TEC Services, PLC, who has served as project direc­tor for the Global Business Services build-out as well as Beam’s recent construction and opening of its new Global Innovation Center and Jim Beam American Stillhouse visitors’ experience in Clermont. Whittenberg Construction served as the general contractor.

The Louisville Global Business Center announcement follows last fall’s grand opening of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse visitors’ experi­ence and Global Innovation Center, a combined multi-year investment of $30 million, in Clermont, Ky. Beam currently employs more than 875 peo­ple throughout the Commonwealth at its manufacturing plants in Boston, Clermont, Frankfort and Loretto.


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