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Sonoco Products Overview

Hartsville, SC
10000+ employees
Company - Public (SON)
Industrial Manufacturing
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Sonoco works with customers to collaboratively develop and deliver Innovative Packaging Solutions (IPS) that enhance and optimize their business and brands. Sonoco’s operations consist of global consumer packaging businesses –rigid paper and closures ... Read more

Mission: Sonoco is a $5 billion global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective solutions and display and packaging services. From its headquarters in Hartsville, S.C., and more than 330 operations in 34 countries, the company produces packaging for a variety of ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We're excited about our newest acquisition!

    Sonoco to Acquire Corenso Holdings America | Sonoco

    Expands Company's Sustainable Paperboard and Core Converting Operations HARTSVILLE, S.C., May 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the most sustainable, diversified global packaging companies, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Corenso Holdings America, Inc.

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Sonoco Products – Why Work For Us?

We bring more to packaging than just the package.

Combining actionable insights, intellectual capital, purposeful innovation and our industry-leading packaging and services portfolio to create impactful solutions that build stronger brands.

One Company Providing Innovative Packaging Solutions

Sonoco is a $5 billion global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective solutions and display and packaging services.

From our headquarters in Hartsville, S.C., and more than 330 operations in 34 countries, we produce packaging for a variety of industries and many of the world’s most recognized brands, serving customers in 85 nations.

We're Sonoco.

We work with our customers to collaboratively develop and deliver Innovative Packaging Solutions (IPS) that enhance and optimize their business and brands.

Sonoco’s operations consist of our global consumer packaging businesses –Rigid Paper and Closures, Flexibles and Plastics; our display and packaging division, which provides high-impact retail displays and packaging supply chain management; our industrial businesses, which manufacture tubes and cores, reels and spools, uncoated recycled paperboard and Sonoco Recycling, one of the world’s largest recyclers; and our Protective Solutions division, which produces custom-designed protective, temperature-assurance and retail security packaging solutions and highly engineered components.

With our unique range of packaging materials, technical disciplines, material science and manufacturing capabilities, and packaging and display services, Sonoco takes a holistic approach to providing customized solutions that meet our customers’ needs. 


Taking care of our family comes first.

When we say we care about people, we mean it. From generous time-off benefits to competitive health coverage, Sonoco is dedicated to retaining extraordinary talent and ensuring its employees are the best they can be both at work and at home. With an emphasis on work-life management and safety, we’ve designed real benefits for the real world.


Shrinking our environmental footprint

Reducing waste going to landfills, energy consumption, greenhouse gases, hazardous air emissions, and water usage at each of our manufacturing plants

Exceeding our GHG reduction goal to reduce climate impact

To lessen our impact on climate, Sonoco established a goal to materially reduce normalized greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 15% over five years. Our strategy has focused on reducing use of higher emitting energy sources, particularly coal, and transitioning to less carbon-intensive natural gas and biogenic carbon-neutral biomass (C02 = 0). This effort required significant planning, engineering and investment in our global uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) mills, including a $75 million biomass cogeneration facility in our Hartsville, S.C., manufacturing complex to reduce energy costs.

The benefits of this strategy have been dramatic. Over the past five years, Sonoco reduced normalized GHG emissions by nearly 24%, with normalized emissions in 2014 dropping nearly 12% and direct emissions (Scope 1) from Sonoco’s facilities reduced by 21%, reflecting the success of the new Hartsville biomass boiler system.

In addition to lowering CO2 emissions at the Hartsville complex by nearly 65% over the past five years, we significantly reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide (down 95%), nitrogen oxides (down 65%) and particulates (down 91%). The new unit also provided approximately $8.5 million in cost savings in 2014 while producing 120,000 MW (megawatts) of green electricity. Fueling the boiler was about 400,000 tons per year of processed wood debris (from limbs, stumps and other wood wastes) coming from timber operations in northeast South Carolina, which allowed us to reduce coal usage by 121,000 tons per year.


Different perspectives, a common goal.

Our teams speak over 18 languages with 330+ locations in 34 countries, serving 85 nations. As a growing global enterprise that thrives on innovation, we wouldn’t be as successful without the unique, creative minds of our diverse work force. We constantly look for new ways to support personal and professional growth while inspiring a passionate Sonoco community around the world.

Our employees agree—once you join Sonoco, you’re family. We love making new friends and having fun—both on and off the clock. From philanthropy to fantasy football, we enjoy the camaraderie and shared passions for what we do.


Sonoco Products Reviews

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    "People and safety centered company"

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    Great company that truly cares about their employees. I'm sure you'll see some negative reviews but keep in mind there are over 200 facilities world wide and not all of them will be the same. I would highly recommend Sonoco.


    Like all manufacturing there's always more to do then time and people to do it

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Sonoco Products Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC
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    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC) in December 2017.


    I was contacted by a recruiter a month after submitting an application and I had a phone interview. Two weeks after the phone interview, I was asked to do a formal round table interview with the department supervisors. Two weeks after the formal interview, I was asked to have a lunch interview with a few current employees. A week later, Sonoco offered me a job.

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Sonoco Products Awards & Accolades

  • Best Large Employer, Forbes, 2019
  • Worlds Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2019
  • Worlds Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2018
  • Barron's 100 Most Sustainable Companies, Barron's, 2019
  • Barron's 100 Most Sustainable Companies, Barron's, 2018
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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