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Startup RH Resolute Distillery to invest $9.7 million in previously unused Hickman facility for new location

RH Resolute Distillery Inc. plans to locate in a previously unopened distillery in Hickman, creating 17 jobs with a $9.7 million investment.

The company plans to finish construction and outfitting of a previous distillery project and begin distilling for the bulk spirits market by late summer. Initially, the operation’s production will target 400 barrels per week and increase to a projected maximum capacity of 2,600 barrels weekly. The 17 new jobs include production, barrel filling, barrel handling and equipment maintenance positions.

“The opportunity to make great bourbon in Hickman is exciting for us and we are proud to welcome talented folks from the area as part of our project. We believe West Kentucky has a great deal to offer to the bourbon industry and we look forward to showcasing the quality of our Kentucky made product,” said Sarah Jones, brand director at RH Resolute.

The startup distillery originated in Paducah and is the result of a partnership between Jones and her husband, Chuck, and Matt Haney, the company’s chief operating officer, and his father, Mike. The Haney family also owns and operates HBS Copper, a still manufacturing plant in Barlow.

Thomas McKenzie, a 15-year-plus veteran of the spirits industry, will serve as RH Resolute’s master distiller. McKenzie was previously a consultant for distilleries throughout Kentucky.

For RH Resolute’s first production home, the company purchased a nearly complete distillery built by Ray Jamieson, a Memphis attorney with ties to the area. Although the facility never opened, the Haneys indicated it is well constructed and includes the original continuous beer still, fermenters and other equipment built and installed by Louisville-based Vendome Copper & Brassworks.

RH Resolute plans to use equipment from HBS in its future distilling operations, completing a production process that takes place entirely within Kentucky. The distillery will create heritage bourbon through historical methods, providing a unique full-flavored taste.

For more information on RH Resolute, visit rhresolute.com.

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