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AMERIPEN: Sonoco Strong During the Coronavirus Crisis

Posted By Dan Felton, Thursday, April 23, 2020

AMERIPEN: Sonoco Strong During the Coronavirus Crisis

I have been so impressed by so many AMERIPEN members who have stepped up during the global COVID-19 pandemic crisis to increase production of their regular products, but also to innovate and think outside the box to in order to create and manufacture specific products, like personal protective equipment (PPE), that are desperately needed to directly fight the deadly virus. One such example of this is AMERIPEN member Sonoco, a global packaging solutions leader headquartered in Hartsville, South Carolina.

Sonoco Alloyd, based in DeKalb, Illinois, recently received an urgent call from a medical products customer to see if they could use their unique digital printing and laser scoring capabilities to produce plastic face shields to be used by medical providers and first responders.  Alloyd had been experimenting with a unique digital process where they take a file straight from an engineer’s computer and convert it to a machine code, after which they are able to make parts in an hour with no tooling or lead time. The customer asked for 100,000 face shields and Alloyd was able to deliver them in a couple of days.  The Alloyd team is now filling a significantly larger order for the same customer.

Sonoco Thermosafe, based in Arlington Heights, Illinois, has geared up operations and is working with one of the nation’s largest logistics companies and a large medical products company to ship virus test kits to hospitals and medical research labs across the country using their unique temperature-assured coolers.

Sonoco’s tube and core operations in Spain worked over-time to deliver tubes to be used by an automotive supplier who retooled their operations to produce face masks for local hospitals.

Sonoco, like many AMERIPEN members, has also been helping their local communities during the pandemic. They donated hundreds of safety glasses and other PPE to Carolina Pines Medical Center in Hartsville to keep nurses and medical staff safe while treating patients. And Sonoco Plastics’ Perimeter of the Store division donated thousands of pounds of clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic sheeting to Georgia Tech in Atlanta to assist in making 50,000 disposable face shields for medical personnel.

The Sonoco Strong teams are clearly impacting lives around the world during the pandemic – BRAVO!

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