Sonoco Products Company will create 130 full-time and 465 part-time jobs in a new packaging center in Fairburn, GA. The global diversified packaging company’s overall investment in Fulton County will total approximately $20 million. The packaging center will support Duracell’s new North America battery packaging operation and will be located in Duracell’s recently leased facility at Shugart Farms Industrial Park.
“This is a one-of-a-kind relationship in our industry, where we have the opportunity to supply a diverse range of packaging products and services which come together as a single integrated solution,” said Philippe Erhart, Sonoco’s division vice president and general manager, Display and Packaging. “This will require the building of a skilled, diverse team, and we’re proud to work with Duracell to create hundreds of jobs in the state of Georgia to make this a success for everyone involved.”
Sonoco’s new facility will install and operate state-of-the-art primary packaging equipment, provide all packaging materials and services, and produce retail merchandising displays which will also be packed out at the same facility. Full production is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018. Sonoco currently operates eight manufacturing centers and three recycling centers in Georgia, employing more than 300 full-time associates.
“When companies such as Sonoco choose to do business in our state, it further proves why Georgia is the prime location for innovative and rapidly-growing international businesses,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Pat Wilson. “The establishment of the company’s new facility will serve as a magnet for additional companies in this industry and will further strengthen our manufacturing network.”
GDEcD project manager Joshua Stephens represented the Global Commerce division throughout this project in partnership with Fulton County Development Authority, Quick Start, Georgia Power and Avison Young.
“This announcement is another example of Fulton County being a leader for investments and job creation,” said John Eaves, chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. “We are an economic engine, not just in metro Atlanta but across the Southeast.”
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