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Sonoco Products Company Plans Fairburn, Georgia, Packaging Center

Sonoco Products Company, one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, will invest $20 million in a new packaging center in Fairburn, Georgia. The company plans to create 130 full-time and 465 part-time jobs.

The packaging center will support Duracell’s new North America battery packaging operation and will be located in Duracell’s recently leased facility at 5000 Bohannon Road at Shugart Farms Industrial Park.

Sonoco’s new facility will install and operate state-of-the-art primary packaging equipment, provide all packaging materials and services, and produce retail merchandising displays which will also be packed out at the same facility.

“This is a one-of-a-kind relationship in our industry, where we have the opportunity to supply a diverse range of packaging products and services which come together as a single integrated solution,” said Philippe Erhart, Sonoco’s division vice president and general manager, Display and Packaging. “This will require the building of a skilled, diverse team, and we’re proud to work with Duracell to create hundreds of jobs in the state of Georgia to make this a success for everyone involved.”

“When companies such as Sonoco choose to do business in our state, it further proves why Georgia is the prime location for innovative and rapidly-growing international businesses,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “The establishment of the company’s new facility will serve as a magnet for additional companies in this industry and will further strengthen our manufacturing network.”

Full production is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018. Sonoco currently operates eight manufacturing centers and three recycling centers in Georgia, employing more than 300 full-time associates.

“The Development Authority’s unique approach to economic development is reflected in a win like Sonoco,” said Al Nash, CEO of Select Fulton.

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