Bill Text: IL HR0466 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Diageo plant in Plainfield.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-1)

Status: (Passed) 2017-05-31 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr. [HR0466 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HR0466-Introduced.html


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HOUSE RESOLUTION
2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives wish to recognize the 50th anniversary of the
4construction of the Diageo plant in Plainfield; and
5 WHEREAS, The original 150,000 square foot facility was
6built by the Distillers Company Ltd. on 33 acres, north of the
7Village of Plainfield; the original facility employed 85
8employees and had three production lines, two gin stills, and
9one vodka processing column; the site was capable of producing
10up to 7,000 cases a day; and
11 WHEREAS, For over 30 years, the facility remained a
12relatively small operation, primarily producing Gordon's Gin
13and Gordon's Vodka; it barely survived the deadly 1990
14Plainfield Tornado; the site's future dramatically changed
15with the formation of Diageo in 1997 and the introduction of
16Smirnoff Vodka to the facility a year later; and
17 WHEREAS, On September 10, 2001, Plainfield celebrated the
18opening of its 90,000 square foot Smirnoff ICE facility,
19increasing the site's annual production capability by 12
20million cases; the following day, September 11, 2001, the men
21and women of Plainfield mourned with the rest of the country
22and did their part to help relief efforts through the Diageo

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1Spirit of America Fund; when a major flood struck the area in
22013, Diageo decided to close down operations in order to work
3on sandbagging efforts and to provide food and water to the
4many volunteers working to prevent further flooding; and
5 WHEREAS, Today, after several multi-million-dollar site
6expansions over the past 15 years, the Plainfield plant is
7Diageo's premier North America manufacturing facility with 10
8production lines generating millions of cases annually and
9employing hundreds of citizens in the Will County area; the
10plant is also home to such great brands as Captain Morgan,
11Crown Royal, and Bulleit; and
12 WHEREAS, For the past 50 years, Diageo employees have been
13proud of what they do to help people responsibly celebrate
14life, every day, everywhere; therefore, be it
15 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
16HUNDREDTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we
17recognize the 50th anniversary of the Diageo plant in
18Plainfield, and we wish it many more years of success; and be
19it further
20 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
21presented to the employees of the Diageo plant in Plainfield as
22a symbol of our respect and esteem.
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