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Upgrades hailed at Baltimore County bottling plant

Upgrades hailed at Baltimore County bottling plant

Glass bottles moved briskly along new manufacturing lines — some filling with rum, others with tequila — as the plant manager explained just how groundbreaking this was for a site used to a more sedate pace.

The Baltimore County plant now can fill up to 300 bottles a minute, compared with 120 to 180 before the switch, said Matt Brownlee. Diageo PLC, a multinational alcoholic-beverage company based in London, pumped just over $50 million into the facility, replacing 40-year-old equipment to speed things up.

The new level of automation at the plant in Relay, off U.S. 1, requires fewer people to do the same amount of work. Diageo employs 140 there, about 100 fewer...