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Mills donate to hurricane relief


September 21, 2018
By P&PC Staff

September 21, 2018 – Pulp and paper companies are rallying to donate to aid relief after Hurricane Florence hit the southeastern U.S. last week.

Domtar has donated 100,000 diapers to families in need through its partnership with Good360, an organization that gives excess merchandise to charities.

Sonoco is donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in relief efforts in North and South Carolina, where it has operations. Since its founding in 1899, Sonoco has been headquartered in Hartsville, S.C., and employs nearly 3,000 people across the Carolinas in multiple locations.

Sonoco’s paper mill operations in Hartsville, S.C., have been shut down temporarily. Certain areas remain flooded and have experienced damage, which could require those operations to be down for several weeks.

“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,” says Rob Tiede, Sonoco president and CEO.

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 per cent 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.