“We are gratified that none of our employees have been injured during the storm and subsequent flooding over the past several days,” said Rob Tiede, Sonoco president and CEO. “Flooding along Black Creek at our Hartsville Manufacturing Complex is expected to continue for the next few days, but we are beginning to make assessments and line up maintenance crews so we can quickly begin repairing equipment to get back into operation as soon as possible.”
Sonoco operates six uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) machines and one corrugated medium paper machine at its Hartsville mill complex, which collectively represent greater than 20% of the Company’s global paper production.
Flooding and storm damage from Hurricane Florence also have interrupted operations at three of Sonoco Recycling’s locations in North Carolina and the Company’s tube and core operation in Hartsville. In addition, several other company operations in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina closed as the storm proceeded through the region, but are now reopened.