Sonoco Announces Appointments in Consumer Packaging Operations

    HARTSVILLE, S.C., June 26 /CNW/ - Sonoco (NYSE:  SON), one of the largest
diversified global packaging companies, announced appointments in its global
consumer packaging manufacturing operations, according to Charles Sullivan,
executive vice president.

    Alan Hutchins has been appointed to the new position of division vice
president, global operations - Consumer Packaging. Hutchins will have
responsibility for Sonoco's global consumer packaging manufacturing operations
including interfacing with its newly acquired Matrix Packaging division. He
will also be responsible for global productivity, environmental affairs and
safety for all Consumer Packaging businesses. Hutchins has worked in various
capacities at Sonoco for 20 years, most recently as vice president, operations
- Rigid Paper and Plastics - North America. Hutchins reports to Sullivan.

    Jim Lassiter has joined Sonoco as director of manufacturing, Rigid Paper
and Plastics - North America. Lassiter, a former Sonoco employee, first
started with the Company in 1987. He has served in various manufacturing
positions with the High Density Film Products and Packaging Services
divisions. Jim's most recent position with Sonoco was director of
manufacturing, High Density Film Products. That business was purchased by
Hilex Poly in December 2003.

    "As we work to solidify our new relationship with Matrix Packaging in a
way that will maximize growth and allow us to share resources effectively, we
need people with unique talents and skills," Sullivan said. "These staff
changes certainly will help us meet that need."

    About Sonoco

    Sonoco, founded in 1899, is a $3.7 billion global manufacturer of
consumer and industrial packaging products and provider of packaging services,
with 330 operations in 35 countries.

For further information:

For further information: Sonoco Roger Schrum, 843-339-6018;

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