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Sonoco to Shutter Indiana Plant

The notification comes less than a month after the packaging company announced the closure of a plant in California.

Norbert Sparrow

October 17, 2023

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A little less than a month after announcing that it would shut down its Exeter, CA, plant, global packaging company Sonoco Products Co. has notified state officials that it is permanently closing its Fremont, IN, facility.

A letter sent to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development dated Oct. 10, 2023, in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, said that the “first separation as a result of the plant closing is Dec. 15, 2023” with further layoffs occurring on June 20, 2024.

Sonoco said that 53 employees will be affected by the plant closure. The employees are not unionized and bumping rights do not exist at the plant, Sonoco added in the letter.

Sonoco has owned and operated the facility since 2019 when it acquired Thermoform Engineered Quality (TEQ), reported Inside Indiana Business in its coverage of the shutdown. The facility produces thermoformed plastic packaging for a variety of end markets.

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Norbert Sparrow

Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 30 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree.


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