Northwest Ordinance Distilling
The General Mills plant closed on August 2016 and now will be named Northwest Ordinance Distilling.| Photo by Caitlin Bowling

In 2018, the U.S. distilling company Sazerac purchased the old General Mills Pillsbury facility in New Albany and converted it into a bottling facility for its numerous brands, some of which include bourbons Buffalo Trace, Blanton’s, Weller and 1792, plus other spirits from Fireball to Corazon tequila.

Now, the $66 million, 460,000-square-foot space is getting a new name to reflect its purpose — Northwest Ordinance Distilling. The bottling and distribution hub also will expand operations and add about 40 jobs before the end of the year.

The name, according to a news release, is a tribute to the signing of the 1787 Northwest Ordinance that created the plans for settling the territory northwest of the Ohio River. The ordinance led to the addition of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois to the United States.

“The name Northwest Ordinance Distilling is perfect for our New Albany location,” said Plant Manager Chad Soeder in the release.

“To have a plant right in the heart of where Mid-Western states were established and exploration thrived is fitting to who we are as a plant,” Soeder said. We’re excited to be in Southern Indiana and even more excited to announce the addition of 40 more jobs at our facility.”

So far, the plant has created 65 jobs in Floyd County.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."