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Sonoco Permanently Shuts Rockton, IL Paperboard Mill

Dec. 2, 2008 - Sonoco said that it is permanently closing its Rockton, Illinois, uncoated recycled paperboard mill.

The closure of the mill affects the jobs of 44 employees.

"We have continued to experience a decline in market demand for uncoated recycled paperboard which has led us to make the tough decision to permanently cease production at the Rockton mill," said James Harrell, division vice president and general manager, Paper North America.

The mill, located at 200 Hawick Street, has the capacity to produce approximately 38,000 tons per year of paperboard used primarily to supply coreboard and edgeboard markets.

“In today’s challenging economy, we are focused on managing our mill supply structure to create greater efficiencies that will strengthen our presence in the marketplace,” Harrell said.

Following the closure, Sonoco will operate 22 uncoated recycled paperboard mills and 32 paper machines globally, including 12 mills and 20 machines operated in the United States and Canada.

Earlier this year, Sonoco closed its 48,000-ton Montreal, Canada, uncoated recycled paperboard mill and closed a smaller 5,000-ton specialty paperboard machine at its Holyoke, Massachusetts, mill.

SOURCE: Sonoco




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