Sonoco's Matrix Packaging Unit to Open New Plant in St. Louis to Produce Rigid Plastic Containers

    HARTSVILLE, S.C., November 13 /CNW/ - Sonoco's (NYSE:   SON) Matrix
Packaging unit will open a new rigid plastic container plant in St. Louis,
Mo., to meet growing demand for packaging to serve the home and personal care
market, it was announced today by Charles Sullivan, Sonoco's executive vice

    The new plant is expected to begin operation in the first quarter of 2008
and produce extruded blow-molded bottles for household chemical and personal
care markets. Matrix recently signed a new multi-year contract with a new
large consumer products customer to produce the containers.

    "Since acquiring Matrix Packaging at the end of May, we have seen the
business continue to grow sales with new and existing customers," said
Sullivan. "Developing a new plant in St. Louis is an opportunity for Matrix to
further expand its production capability and to support the growing needs of
our customers."

    According to Pushminder Judge, president of Matrix Packaging, the new
150,000-square-foot plant will be highly automated and initially operate six
extrusion blow-molding machines. The plant, which is located at 5801 Lindbergh
Blvd., Hazelwood, Mo., is expected to initially employ approximately 75
workers and should expand as production grows.

    "In addition to the new production capability that will come on line in
early 2008 at our St. Louis plant, we are continuing to see good growth at our
existing facilities and are adding three new blow-molding machines in plants
in Canada, Los Angeles and Jefferson City, Mo., later this year," Judge said.

    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

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

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