What is your role at Sonoco?
I am the plant manager of the Cylinder Paper Mill in South Carolina.
Why did you choose to work for Sonoco?
I completed an internship at Sonoco in college every summer for three years. When I graduated, I had a good deal of experience and wanted to work with the team. I began as part of the Management Trainee/Emerging Leaders program.
Sonoco chooses to hire leaders, and the company will give you the opportunities to develop and lead. When I was hired as an engineer, I was challenged to continue my growth as a leader.
Why do you stay?
Sonoco has many different divisions, from working in a manufacturing facility, to working in an office, to hitting the road in sales. The diversity of our portfolio translates into a lot of opportunity for career growth. Career opportunity and career longevity in a stable company are the things that are really important to me. Sonoco offers them.
What is your favorite part of the Sonoco Culture?
At Sonoco, we truly value people. It’s not something we just say. It’s what we do. Sonoco is like a family. You will likely become friends with your colleagues. It’s a place I look forward to coming to every day.
I’ve had the opportunity to work in several Sonoco plants (Newport, Tenn.; Richmond, Va.; Hartsville, S.C.). In each facility, one thing is constant: the core values of Sonoco. To me, it’s important to understand what’s going on with the people you work alongside, whether it’s good and we want to celebrate, or whether it’s bad and we want to help. We value each other.