- May 01, 2002, PRESS RELEASE
Some More Sonoco News...
HARTSVILLE, SC, USA—According to a recent release, Sonoco will close its bag plant in Santa Maria, CA.
- Sonoco, the largest US manufacturer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bags for the grocery, retail, and convenience store industries, will close its bag plant in Santa Maria, CA, and consolidate those operations into lower-cost facilities, [reports] Harry J. Moran, executive vice president.
The Santa Maria facility employs 95 personnel. Some employees will be offered transfers within Sonoco, and outplacement assistance will be provided to all others. The plant is expected to close in late June 2002.
Customers previously served from this plant will now be served from Sonoco's continuing operations at Victoria, TX; North Vernon, IN; Mt. Olive, NC; Milesburg, PA; and Hartsville, SC.
"This action is part of the company's ongoing manufacturing productivity and quality improvements, to ensure the company's ability to maintain its leadership position and continue meeting the needs of its customers," [states] Moran.
States Rex E. Varn, div. VP and GM—High Density Film Products: "Closing a plant is never easy. However, this action is necessary to continue providing the highest level of quality, service, and innovation, as well as grow our position in the very competitive bag business."