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History

Sonoco has been a stable, growing business for more than 114 years.

Sonoco’s roots can be traced to the Southern Novelty Company, which was founded in Hartsville, South Carolina, on May 10, 1899.

Our first product was a cone-shaped paper yarn carrier used for winding and transporting yarn. Since most of the textile cones of that day were wooden, paper cones were a novelty. The Company soon became the leading producer of cones in the United States.

The Southern Novelty Company continued to diversify its product line and add new operations around the country. In 1923, the Southern Novelty Company name was changed to Sonoco Products Company, or "Sonoco," using the first two letters from each word of its original name.

Since then, we’ve continued growing, and are now a multi-billion, global business with four segments: Industrial, Consumer, Protective Solutions and Display and Packaging.

To learn more about Sonoco today, visit the About Us page. See what all we make and do in the Products and Services section, and check our Careers section to see if we have a position that interests you. Interested in investing? Visit our Investor Relations section.

For more information about Sonoco’s history, contact Corporate Communications department at 843-383-7000.