Sonoco Flexible Packaging is to expand its Morristown, Tennessee facility with an investment of $9.7m which will create 26 jobs.
The expansion will include facility improvements and the addition of a rotogravure press in its flexible packaging division.
Production using the new equipment is targeted to start at the beginning of September this year.
“This expansion includes the addition of next-wave technology that will allow us to better meet the changing needs of our consumer goods clients, which is important to the continued success of this location that started over 20 years ago,” said Sonoco vice president of flexible packaging Bob Puechl.
“If you have been in a supermarket or any other retail outlet lately, you have seen the great increase, not only in the variety of products, but in the variety of packaging in terms of sizes, colors, shapes and types.
“Our new equipment, which is targeted to begin producing commercial products 1 September, is essential because it gives us the capability to offer the kind of flexibility, speed and quality that our customers demand.”
“Sonoco’s Morristown plant is very excited about this latest opportunity, and we fully appreciate the confidence that our company and community has in our ability to execute,” Steve Beck, Sonoco Morristown plant manager said.
“We work very hard to earn the right to new investments and new business opportunities, and it’s very rewarding to see this growth and long-term commitment to the Morristown facility.”
Marshall Ramsey, Morristown area chamber of commerce president, added that the expansion allows the company to diversify its product mix and remain competitive in the world marketplace.
Sonoco is a global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products and protective packaging for a variety of industries. Headquartered in Hartsville, the company has 349 operations in 35 countries and has had a presence in Morristown since 1992.