World leader in bourbon is only spirits producer, and one of 19 Chicago-area companies on the list

Corporate and Financial News


Chicago, Illinois, May 9, 2017 – Beam Suntory has been named one of “America’s Best Mid-Size Employers” by Forbes magazine. The world leader in bourbon was the only spirits industry company named to this list, and one of 19 companies in the Chicago area. 

“People are our #1 priority at Beam Suntory, and this is meaningful recognition that our employees have the opportunity to unleash their spirit at work each and every day,” said Paula Erickson, Chief Human Resources Officer.  “Beam Suntory was also recently named one of Germany’s ‘Best Places to Work,’ and these honors truly underscore how our people make our company such a great place to work.”

Next month, Beam Suntory will complete the relocation of its global corporate headquarters from Deerfield, IL to the historic Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. 

Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Mid-Size Employers” is based on an independent, third-party survey of 30,000 Americans through online panels. Respondents, who work at companies with 1,000 to 5,000 U.S. employees, were asked whether they’d recommend their employer, or any other employers in the industry to someone looking for a job. 

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur. 

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

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