Beam to Locate New Global Business Services Center in Downtown Louisville

  Beam to Locate New Global Business Services Center in Downtown Louisville

        New Center Will Bring 60 Professional Jobs to the Commonwealth

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- November 08, 2012

Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM), a leading global premium spirits company, announced
today that Louisville will be the home of its new Global Business Services
Center. Expected to open in Q2 2013, the center will be located at 400 S.
Fourth Street and will provide a highly visible presence for the world’s No. 1
Bourbon maker, Beam, in the heart of Fourth Street Live! The center will bring
60 new professional jobs to the Commonwealth.

As part of a companywide efficiency and effectiveness initiative, Beam’s
Global Business Services Center will combine select financial and human
resources transactional activities into one centralized hub. The center will
act 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. Half of the 60 positions have already been hired and are
operating out of an interim site in Shepherdsville, Ky. The remaining
positions will be filled over the next 12 months.

“Bourbon is a booming business, as evidenced by Beam’s new Global Business
Services Center. It’s exciting to see our signature spirit making worldwide
impact,” said Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. “We’re proud to see our bourbon
businesses making these investments and staying grounded in the Commonwealth.”

“This is a big win for Louisville, as Beam has chosen our city for its new
Global Business Services Center,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “We
couldn’t be more pleased to have Beam, representing Kentucky’s signature
Bourbon industry, right in the heart of our downtown and bringing new
corporate jobs to the city.”

Plans regarding the renovation of the 24,000 square-foot second floor space
will begin immediately, with construction expected to begin early next year.
Beam will make an estimated total investment of $1.7 million in building
materials and equipment to retrofit the office space.

“We are proud to strengthen Beam’s long-standing commitment to the
Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Juan Rodriguez, senior director of Global
Business Services at Beam. “Our new Global Business Services Center will house
top talent and put Beam’s key business transactional activities in one of the
most vibrant business capitals in the state. We are thankful for the support
of Governor Beshear, Mayor Fischer, the entire city of Louisville and the
KEDFA as we continue to grow for the future in Kentucky.”

The Louisville Global Business Center announcement follows the recent grand
opening of Beam’s American Stillhouse visitors’ experience and Global
Innovation Center, a combined multi-year investment of $30 million, in
Clermont, Ky. Beam currently employs more than 850 people throughout the
Commonwealth at its manufacturing plants in Boston, Clermont, Frankfort and
Loretto.

About Beam Inc.

As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the
Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for
the company’s brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Sauza
Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher's
Scotch Whisky, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek Bourbon, Laphroaig
Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, EFFEN Vodka, Pucker Flavored Vodka,
Larios Gin, Whisky DYC, DeKuyper Cordials, and Skinnygirl Cocktails. Beam is
focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of
scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning
Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,300 passionate associates
worldwide generated 2011 sales of $2.8 billion, volume of 34 million 9-liter
cases and some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations.

Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock
Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and
the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its
commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamglobal.com and
www.drinksmart.com.

Contact:

Beam Inc.
Paula Erickson
P: 847.444.7590
E: paula.erickson@beamglobal.com