Diageo Confirms Job Cuts At Maryland SiteJune 2, 2011
Diageo is set to slash 55 positions at its Relay, Maryland facility by the end of August, Shanken News Daily has confirmed. The cuts are due to Diageo closing its special products building at the site, which contains several buildings and handles warehousing, bottling and packaging for a number of brands.
“Diageo’s long-term vision for its facility in Relay, Maryland is to transform it into one of Diageo’s most efficient, cost effective production bottling sites, increasing speed to market for the company’s innovations and core spirits brands,” the company said in an e-mailed statement. “As part of this, Diageo has determined that the Special Products building of the Relay operation will close by August 31, 2011, which regrettably will result in the loss of some jobs. Diageo has not taken this decision lightly, however, ultimately this is the right move to ensure a sustainable future for the business. Recognizing that this transition will be difficult for affected employees, Diageo is providing the appropriate support to those individuals.”
The move comes in a period that’s seen a number of organizational changes for the drinks giant on both the international and U.S. levels. In recent days, Diageo announced a restructuring project across its global operations intended to maximize emerging market growth. Earlier this spring the company said it would be realigning its formerly geographically-aligned U.S. sales force into a distributor-facing model, effective July 1st.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.