- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Latest on a contract vote by distillery workers at Jim Beam plants in Kentucky (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

Another round, same results for Jim Beam as its distillery workers in Kentucky have rejected another contract offer.

The Friday vote came hours before a looming strike at the world’s largest bourbon producer.

United Food and Commercial Workers union official Tommy Ballard says workers at Beam distilleries in Clermont and Boston rejected a revised contract proposal by a wide margin.

The company did not immediately respond to the latest vote. The American whiskey brand is owned by Suntory Holdings Ltd., a Japanese beverage company.

The current contract runs through Friday. Earlier in the week, union members voted overwhelming in favor of going on strike after rejecting the company’s offer.

The company came back with a revised offer.

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4:20 p.m.

Whiskey workers at two Jim Beam distilleries in Kentucky are voting on a revised contract offer as a strike deadline looms at the world’s largest bourbon producer.

United Food and Commercial Workers union official Tommy Ballard says workers at Beam distilleries in Clermont and Boston are voting Friday on the new proposal.

Earlier, union members voted overwhelming in favor of going on strike after rejecting the company’s offer. The current contract runs through Friday.

After the Tuesday evening vote, company executive Kevin Smith said the whiskey maker was committed to “resolving this matter expeditiously.”

The whiskey brand is owned by Suntory Holdings Ltd., a Japanese beverage company. A walkout wouldn’t affect the current flow of bourbon to stores. Bourbon ages years before bottling.

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