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Sonoco Plastics Production Associate in Waynesville, North Carolina

While reporting to the Shift Supervisor, as an inspector packer you will be responsible for packing thermoformed trays in a quick and safe manner. Excellent attendance is crucial for the team to achieve success. You must have a proven record of success in a fast-paced environment. You must have the ability to work with various teams and have a good eye to spot defects in the packing line. You will take pride in your personal hands-on and analytical abilities, organizational skills and attention to detail.

Day to day responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Retrieve parts from trim press
  • Place parts in specified relationship to each other
  • Inspect stacks of parts for defects
  • Place parts in bag, seal bag and place in corrugated boxes
  • Tend machines, such as trim press and pack station parts handling equipment
  • Cut and stack sheet when needed
  • Grind sheet and trays as needed
  • Build and/or stage all packaging material per Product Specification
  • Fill out label and flow bills correctly
  • Use pallet jacks to place skids of product in warehouse
  • Assist Operator when starting line
  • Help train new employees when necessary
  • Follow all safety policies and procedures
  • Must be able to correctly follow housekeeping policy
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures
  • Other duties as requested by Supervisor

This position is in our Plastics plant in beautiful Waynesville, NC where we are producing plastic thermoformed trays.

  • We expect you to be Sonoco mission driven
  • Previous experience in packing/warehousing is extremely helpful
  • You have to have a get it done attitude and an urgency to resolve problems/tasks.
  • To succeed in this role you will need excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working independently and managing multiple tasks simultaneously is needed.
  • Being reliable, having good initiative, being committed, and being quality focused is a must.
  • You will need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs. as needed.
  • Having the ability to effectively work with a team in a fast-paced environment is crucial to success.
  • You will need to have the ability to read and understand manufacturing instructions.
  • You will need to be able to perform repetitious duties, including stairs and standing for long periods of time.
  • You will need to have the ability to work quickly while maintaining a high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail.
  • No prior manufacturing experience required.

We care about the health and wellness of you and your family. That is why we offer a comprehensive benefits package that makes it easier to manage your health and provide financial security for you and your family.

Apply today and help us get stronger!

At Sonoco Products Company, we offer a comprehensive total rewards package, including competitive pay and benefits:


  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents, including FSA and HSA options
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match
  • Well-being tools and resources to support holistic health, including an Employee Assistance Program with a variety of services
  • Paid time off and holidays to recreate, rejuvenate and care for the health of yourself and family
  • Variety of company paid and voluntary employee-paid insurance plans including life, personal accident, and disability insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we strictly prohibit and do not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.