HARTSVILLE, S.C. (Aug. 10, 11:55 a.m. ET) — Sonoco Products Co.'s plastics business is planning a new rigid container plant in
The new facility is expected to be operational by the end of the second quarter of 2012. The plant will join a cluster of plastics packaging facilities currently under construction in
According to Rodger Fuller, vice president of Sonoco's global rigid paper and plastics unit, Sonoco will build a 120,000-square-foot plant and will install several PET injection stretch blow molding and injection molding lines onsite. The cost will be about $15 million and the
Company officials declined to comment on machinery to be installed at the plant.
Steve Gendreau, Sonoco Plastics' vice president and general manager for blow molding, said the
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Initially, Sonoco's new plant will produce products for
Sonoco Plastics also operates a food-grade blow and injection molding plant in
According to an email from spokesman Roger Schrum, Sonoco began producing thin-wall injection molded containers and overcaps for cake frosting containers in 2010 and we began providing commercial quantities in the second quarter of 2011.
The plant also has two wheels producing multi-layer blow molded bottles for Abbott Nutrition's Ensure protein drink, Schrum said.
Sonoco Plastics makes monolayer and multilayer blow molded bottles and jars, thermoformed cups and trays and engineered molded and extruded containers, spools and trays. The firm has 28 plastics operations in the
For the second quarter, the company reported profit of $53.4 million on sales of $1.1 billion, compared to profit of $59 million on sales of $1 billion for the year-ago period.
Hartsville, S.C.–based Sonoco Products Co., the parent of Sonoco Plastics, has about $4.1 billion in annual sales. It operates upwards of 300 facilities in 34 countries.
Scott McAfee, a spokesman for the city of
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