Sonoco Signs Marketing and Supply Agreement with Erdie Industries, Inc. For North American Distribution of Twist-n-Pull(TM) Mailing and Shipping Tubes



    HARTSVILLE, S.C., June 12 /CNW/ - Sonoco (NYSE:   SON), the market and
technology leader in the design and manufacture of paper tubes and cores, has
entered into a new marketing and supply agreement with Cleveland-based Erdie
Industries, Inc. The agreement brings together Sonoco's extensive North
American sales, marketing, and manufacturing capabilities with Erdie
Industries' innovative Twist-n-Pull(TM) mailing and shipping tube system to
expand availability of the patent-pending end cap technology.

    "By bringing Erdie Industries' unique end caps, tube design and
processing equipment together with Sonoco's focused sales and marketing
resources and extensive North American manufacturing footprint we are
well-positioned to offer a completely secure mailing and shipping tube
solution to industrial and consumer markets," said John Colyer, Sonoco
division vice president and general manager, Industrial Products - North
America.

    Erdie Industries' Twist-n-Pull mailing and shipping tube system is
easy-to-use, requires no assembly and provides self-locking end caps that
eliminate the need to secure the ends with additional materials such as tape
or heavy-duty staples. The Twist-n-Pull system is designed to solve concerns
with the security of conventional mailing and shipping tube end closures.

    "We are very excited about this symbiotic business approach in taking our
new product to market. An entrepreneurial, innovative small business working
with a leading global manufacturer is clearly an effective method to compete
in the world economy," said Jason S. Erdie, president of Erdie Industries,
Inc.

    About Erdie Industries, Inc

    Erdie Industries, headquartered in Lorain, Ohio, is a third generation
innovator and manufacturer of fiber wound tubes and cores, which started with
its involvement in the Pillsbury dough can and has expanded to the development
of the innovative Twist-n-Pull shipping and mailing tubes. For more
information on the company, visit www.erdie.com

    About Sonoco

    Sonoco, founded in 1899, is a $3.7 billion global manufacturer of
industrial and consumer products and provider of packaging services, with more
than 300 operations in 35 countries, serving customers in some 85 nations. For
more information on the Company, visit www.sonoco.com.




For further information:

For further information: Sonoco Roger Schrum, 843-339-6018
roger.schrum@sonoco.com www.sonoco.com

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