Hartsville, South Carolina based Sonoco Products Co., one of the largest global packaging companies, announced that it will permanently close its uncoated paperboard (URB) mill operations in Sumner, Washington effective immediately. The mill has been in operation since 1915 and owned by Sonoco since 1980. It has a capacity of 40,000 tons per year.
Sonoco said the decision was made as part of an ongoing strategy to optimize its mill network and lower operating costs. Current customers will continue to be served from other Sonoco mill operations. The closure is expected to impact 55 employees and Sonoco will offer severance benefits.
“Closing facilities is never an easy decision. The mill’s team has played an important role in Sonoco’s paper operations for over 40 years, and we appreciate the hard work and dedication of the entire team. As we continue to evaluate our manufacturing footprint based on the ability to cost effectively serve our customers, we are committed to provide support to our customers and employees through this transition,” said Palace Stepps, Sonoco’s Vice President of North America Paper Products & Fiber Supply.