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Diageo bottling plant closing marks end of an era

Diageo bottling plant closing marks end of an era

Sometime next month, more than 80 years of alcohol production and distribution history will reach what could be its final chapter when Diageo shuts down bottling operations at its Relay site. With last month's news that the bottling of spirits will no longer take place at the site of nearly 62 acres on Washington Boulevard, some distillery veterans are looking back at decades of distilling, bottling and shipping some of the world's most popular liquors. As she grew up in Relay, the facility was, in many ways, the center of life, according to Maureen Sweeney Smith, who worked at the plant in the 1980s. Not only did her father work there before her, but she also met her husband...

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