Wilson packaging plant to close, 138 jobs lost

Posted July 30, 2021 9:40 a.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2021 9:44 a.m. EDT

A vacant retail shop in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 13, 2020. New unemployment claims remain far above historical levels as rising COVID-19 cases are taking a steep toll on economic activity, battering the labor market even as new vaccines offer a ray of hope for next year. (Maddie McGarvey/The New York Times)

— Sonoco Products Co., a packaging manufacturer in Wilson plans to close, eliminating 138 jobs, according to a notice filed with the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Federal law requires that companies file what's called a WARN notice to provide employees and communities a heads-up about plant closings and mass layoffs.

Sonoco, which operates on Wilco Boulevard in Wilson, filed noticed on July 27 and plans to close by Sept. 30.

The company is based in Hartsville, S.C., and has more than 300 plants and 23,000 employees worldwide.

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