, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Diageo, the world's leading premium spirits, wine and beer company, announced today the grand opening of its blending and packaging facility in
. Diageo processes and bottles distilled spirits including
, Captain Morgan and Seagram's. The Company invested more than
in this world class manufacturing operation.
Major renovations of the 60 acre site began in
and were completed on time and on budget with an exemplary safety record. The plant is geared to be one of Diageo's most efficient processing facilities globally and is currently produces approximately 11 million cases per year.
"The grand opening of
is part of Diageo's continuing investment in our
manufacturing network," said
, President, Diageo Americas Supply. "We are creating best-in-class operations that are more efficient, cost effective and environmentally sustainable. Since 2010, Diageo North America has invested more than
in its production network. This facility is a testament to our dedicated workforce here in
a prime example of Diageo's continued commitment to local manufacturing."
Diageo installed three new high speed bottling lines and upgrades to key production areas. The company also invested in highly effective training and capability building for its employees. With these recent improvements,
now has further capacity and capability to carry Diageo's other market-leading brands in the future. In the early Spring, the site will start to bottle Smirnoff vodka, the world's largest premium spirits brand by volume.
Remarking on the completion of the facility, Baltimore County Executive
said, "Diageo's investment in its
plant and workers confirms a solid principle: manufacturing products near your customers makes business sense."
operation has played a key role in the
community for many years dating back generations. The
site was established in 1933 as the first legal distillery in the state of
following the repeal of prohibition. Currently, the blending and packaging facility employs 140 people.