Sonoco Opens New Protective Packaging Testing Lab for Whirlpool Corporation

    State-of-the-art Michigan Facility Provides Testing Services for Laundry
and Small Appliances

    HARTSVILLE, S.C., August 21 /CNW/ - Sonoco (NYSE:   SON), one of the
largest diversified global packaging companies, has opened a new testing
laboratory in St. Joseph, Mich., to provide protective packaging testing
services for Whirlpool(R) and Maytag(R) laundry and other small appliances.

    Through a new multi-year contract, Sonoco will conduct all testing
services for Whirlpool at the state-of-the-art laboratory, including hydraulic
vibration system analysis, compression testing, drop testing, horizontal
impact testing and simulated harsh environment testing. As a leading provider
of custom-designed and engineered protective packaging solutions, Sonoco also
operates an ISTA certified testing laboratory in Nashville, Tenn., that is
used to test protective packaging for a number of household appliances,
heating and air conditioning units, office furnishings, automotive, fitness
equipment and lawn and garden products.

    "Sonoco has been providing Whirlpool with custom-engineered protective
packaging for many of its home appliances for more than a decade. This new
facility is an extension of our relationship and is dedicated to providing
accurate and timely lab testing to assure Whirlpool that the packaging used to
protect its appliances has been successfully engineered to meet the rigors of
transport, storage, and retail distribution," said Jeffrey J. Stafford, vice
president and general manager of Sonoco's Protective Packaging division. "The
facility has been strategically located near the Whirlpool Benton Harbor
headquarters, so that the company can have direct access to the facility and
our packaging engineers without having to manage its day-to-day operations."

    Sonoco's protective packaging system is made from 100 percent recycled
paperboard and is engineered to withstand the harshest environment. Utilizing
its proprietary Sonopost(R) cornerposts and Sonobase(R) carrier systems,
Sonoco protective packaging provides advanced vertical compression strength
for higher, safer product stacking; superior clamping protection with optional
cross braces to help secure product integrity; exceptional beam strength; and
cushioning, structure and stability throughout distribution.

    About Sonoco

    Founded in 1899, Sonoco 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 our Web site at

For further information:

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

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