Sonoco closes recycled paperboard
Sonoco announced that it is permanently
closing its Rockton, Illinois, uncoated
recycled paperboard mill, according
to James Harrell, division vice president
and general manager, Paper North
The mill has the capacity to produce
approximately 38,000 tons of paperboard
annually. It is used primarily to
supply coreboard and edgeboard markets.
The plant closure will impact 44
employees. The Company will offer
severance pay, benefits continuation
and outplacement assistance to 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 Harrell.
Following the closure, Sonoco will
operate 22 uncoated recycled paperboard
mills and 32 paper machines globally.
Earlier this year, Sonoco closed
its Montreal, Canada mill and a smaller
specialty paperboard machine at its
Holyoke, Massachusetts mill.