Sonoco provides foundation for new packaging institute

By Peter Kent

Harris E. DeLoach Jr. and Jim BarkerSonoco Products Company has donated $2.5 million to launch the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson. The proposed institute will be the only one of its kind in the nation.

More than 500 students are currently enrolled in the packaging science and graphic communications programs. The institute will bring the two programs together and enhance research and education for both students and professionals in the packaging and printing industries.

“Sonoco has been a long-standing friend of Clemson,” said university President Jim Barker. “This gift creates an extraordinary investment in education, research and service to a high-tech industry.” The company provided $500,000 to create the Sonoco Packaging Science Laboratory in 1993.

“We understand the value of a research university partnership,” said Sonoco President and CEO Harris E. DeLoach Jr. “Preparing the next generation of packaging and graphics professionals is vital. Research drives change and we have to be able to change to compete more effectively.”

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