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May 1, 2019

Our global headquarters in Hartsville, SC will be turning 120 this month and as we reach this monumental milestone, we want to celebrate the idea of Family, and its expression within our culture and through the employees at Sonoco for the past century.

Say hello to Stephen S. and Charlie R. Sonoco employees of 15 and 26 years respectively. We sat down with Stephen and Charlie, and a couple of other Sonoco employees, to talk about their experience working at Sonoco and how they would define the culture here. When asked directly to describe Sonoco in 3 words the themes of, “Family, understanding and opportunity” were quickly reiterated. “Sonoco is a great place to work because it feels like home.” Stephen says, “I am homegrown and was raised in Hartsville. I have seen my own family members come though the company as well as generations of other families spend their careers here.”  

Charlie comes from one of those Sonoco generational families, “I am second generation. My dad worked here and raised his family working here so I am raising my family working here.” During a trying time in his personal life a few years ago, Charlie found that even if he didn’t know someone by name, they cared about him on a personal level, “There wasn’t a day that went by that somebody from the mill didn’t text or call me or come by to ask if me or my family needed anything. The people here, no matter the level, they care for you.”

It’s clear that family is at the heart of our organization, and as we move into our next 120 years we are confident that our family-centered culture will continue to be at the core of everything we do.