"S" is for Sonoco

Jun 26, 2019

Credit SC Public Radio

"S" is for Sonoco. Sonoco, a Hartsville-based international packaging manufacturer had its beginning in the nineteenth century, when Major James Lide Coker and his son James Jr. became the first to successfully produce paper from pine wood pulp. Following the success of their Carolina Fiber Company, the Cokers made a modest investment in equipment and began making cones for the southern textile industry from the paper produced by their pulp mill. In 1899, the cone-making enterprise was formally organized as the Southern Novelty Company with Major Coker as president. A Coker family member headed the company until 1988. In 1923, the company’s name was changed to Sonoco Products Company. In the early twenty-first century, the company was packaging products ranging from potato chips to trash. Today, Sonoco is one of the world’s largest packaging companies.