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Diageo To Shutter Maryland Bottling Site

June 1, 2015

Diageo has announced plans to close its bottling facility in Relay, Maryland. Bottling operations at the Relay site are slated to officially cease sometime this summer, with employees expected to remain in their roles through August. In a recent statement, Diageo called the Relay outpost “significantly underutilized,” adding that the closure would help the company better optimize its supply footprint.

The decision to shutter Relay’s bottling facility follows Diageo’s 2012 investment of roughly $50 million in the southwestern Baltimore County site. After that renovation in November 2012, the updated facility produced roughly 11 million cases a year, bottling brands such as Jose Cuervo Tequila, which, at the time, accounted for around two-thirds of Relay’s total bottling volume. Jose Cuervo, which is now handled in the U.S. by Proximo, parted ways with Diageo in June 2013.

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