06 August 2013

Diageo completes $120 million expansion of bottling facility in Plainfield, Illinois

Plainfield, Ill. - 06 August 2013 - Diageo North America has completed a more than $120M investment in its largest bottling facility in Plainfield, Illinois. More than 100 jobs have been added at the Diageo Plainfield manufacturing facility since 2011; the site currently employs more than 600 people. 

The Plainfield facility packages some of Diageo's leading brands, including Smirnoff No. 21, Smirnoff flavored vodkas, Smirnoff Ice, and a range of Diageo's new-to-world products. The Plainfield site also houses Diageo North America's brand technical center, which helps to turn new liquid and packaging ideas into commercial products. The $120 million enhancement of Plainfield is part of Diageo North America's investment of more than $250 million in its manufacturing network since 2010.

Since 2011, the plant has installed three new high speed bottling lines, a flexible production area geared specifically for new-to-world and small-scale specialty products, and several high-tech packaging machines. The site has also seen a number of enhancements to other key areas to grow production capabilities and efficiency.

The Plainfield facility can now bottle a broader range of Diageo's market-leading brands, including a wider variety of Smirnoff vodka flavors. The site currently bottles approximately 31 million cases of product per year, which is equivalent to 372 million 750ml bottles. 

"Diageo's ambition is to be the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products company in the world. Our supply chain operations will play a critical role in delivering that goal," said Larry Schwartz, President, Diageo North America. "The investment we have made in our manufacturing network demonstrates our commitment to developing this important part of our business."

Diageo's Plainfield facility has played a key role in the Illinois community for many years. The Plainfield site was opened in 1966 and since then has seen a number of expansions and upgrades, including the addition of the high speed bottling area for malt based drinks in 2009, the addition of the Brand Technical Center in 2001, and the construction and subsequent expansion of the site's largest bottling hall in 2009 and 2012 respectively.

Diageo is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). 

Source: Diageo / PRNewswire