Heaven Hill Brands Named a “US Best Managed Company” By Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal

— May 10, 2024
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Co-Presidents Kate and Allan Latts Celebrate the Recognition During Groundbreaking Ceremony for New 48,190 Sq. Foot Building Planned in Louisville

Louisville, Ky. (May 10, 2024) — Heaven Hill Brands is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2024 US Best Managed company. Now in its fifth year, the award, sponsored by Deloitte* Private and The Wall Street Journal, recognizes the achievements of U.S. private companies and the successes of their management teams.

“We are truly honored to be counted among this distinguished group of companies. This recognition not only celebrates the tireless efforts of our leaders, both past and present, but also reaffirms what we’ve always known at Heaven Hill: that our success is built upon the foundation of exceptional people, outstanding products, and innovative programs,” said Co-President Kate Latts.

US Best Managed Companies is part of a global Deloitte Private program. Honorees are selected by an external panel of judges who evaluate applicants based on strategy, ability to execute, culture, governance and financial performance. They join an ecosystem of organizations from more than 44 countries.

Co-Presidents Kate and Allan Latts celebrated this distinguished recognition during the company’s groundbreaking ceremony for their new building to be located at the ShelbyHurst campus in Louisville, Ky. Heaven Hill has doubled the size of its employees since 2018.

The Co-Presidents announced the project last month in a press advisory and hope to move into the completed space by the middle of 2025. The new building, built from the ground up, will boast 48,190 square feet of office space and is designed to feature natural light and top-tier amenities.

“Our new home is designed to bring our entire team together in a space that inspires. It will allow us to foster an even greater sense of collaboration and culture, with flexibility to grow even further,” said Allan Latts, Co-President of Heaven Hill Brands. “It’s more than just a building; it symbolizes our commitment to growth, innovation and collaboration, what we believe are hallmarks of Heaven Hill and our people.”

The move is emblematic of Heaven Hill’s continued commitment not only to the distilled spirits industry, but also to the Commonwealth as the company continues to grow and invest in its employees, communities, and brands. The Louisville community also supports two other important locations – The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and the Bernheim Distillery. The main operations will continue in Bardstown, along with the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience.

This year, Heaven Hill is also completing a more than $180 million dollar investment in the Heaven Hill Springs Distillery in Bardstown, with hiring ongoing for exciting positions across the state-of-the-art facility. Overall, Heaven Hill has approximately 1,300 employees across the globe working together to achieve their mission to responsibly enhance the enjoyment of life and lift the human spirit. The company’s core brands include Heaven Hill, Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, Larceny, and Widow Jane Bourbons; Lunazul and Ocho Tequilas; and Deep Eddy Vodka. 

NTS Development Company is managing the 815 Building development, construction, and operations. When fully developed, the ShelbyHurst Office Campus is expected to have more than 1.5 million square feet of space in multiple buildings.

About the Best Managed Companies Program

The Best Managed Companies program is a mark of excellence for private companies. U.S. designees have revenues of at least $250 million. Thousands of private companies around the world have competed for this designation in their respective countries through a rigorous and independent process that evaluates four key criteria in their management skills and practices — strategy, execution, culture, and governance/financials. For more information, visit www.usbestmanagedcompanies.com


Founded in 1935, Bardstown, KY -based Heaven Hill Brands (www.heavenhill.com) is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and led spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Larceny, and Henry McKenna Bourbons; Rittenhouse Rye Whisky; Deep Eddy Vodka; Admiral Nelson’s Rum; Black Velvet Canadian Whisky; Lunazul Tequila; HPNOTIQ Liqueur; Carolans Irish Cream Liqueur, plus the Samson & Surrey portfolio.   

About NTS

NTS is a full-service, diversified real estate company with apartment communities, commercial properties and residential communities located in 9 cities across the Midwest and Southeast United States. NTS has been providing high quality developments and real estate services for 58 years and currently manages over 10.9 million square feet of real estate including over 5,000 luxury apartment homes and over 3.9 million square feet of commercial property. NTS is committed to providing our residents, tenants and partners with continued excellence in all of our real estate products and services. For more information, visit www.ntsdevelopment.com

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