AUGUST 2008

Sonoco closes paperboard mill

Sonoco, a global packaging company, will permanently close its Montreal, Quebec, Canada uncoated recycled paperboard mill, effective August 27, 2008, according to James Harrell, division vice president and general manager, Paper North America.

The mill has the capacity to produce 48,000 tons annually of primarily heavy-weight coreboard that has been principally used for the Company’s internal converting operations. The plant closure will impact 53 employees. The Company will offer severance benefits and outplacement assistance to employees.

Sonoco will maintain paperboard operations at two mills in Ontario, Canada to meet its customers’ supply needs.