- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Plans are underway to restore and reopen the Charles Medley Distillery in western Kentucky.

Gov. Steve Beshear says TerrePURE Kentucky Distillers Inc. will invest $23 million to purchase and refurbish the nearly 130-year-old facility in Daviess County. He says the project will create 70 full-time jobs.

Beshear said Wednesday that the company plans to renovate and repair buildings on the 28-acre site and install new equipment.

The goal is to begin operations at the distillery in the next 18 months.

Stilling operations were shut down more than two decades ago at the facility.

TerrePURE is owned by South Carolina-based Terressentia Corp., which creates spirits for various retailers by expediting the purifying process.

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