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Sonoco, a global packaging company, revealed that its New Albany, Ohio, rigid plastics facility has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The $15 million, 142,230 sq.ft. plant produces PET bottles for personal care products, as well as plastic components for wall air fresheners. The facility has been operational since October 2012.

LEED Certification is comprised of four levels, based on points earned: Certified (40 to 49 points); Silver (50 to 59 points); Gold (60 to 79 points); and Platinum (80 plus points). Projects may earn points for a variety of different efforts under one of five rating categories.

Sonoco Plastics is a manufacturer of mono-layer and multi-layer blow-molded bottles and jars, thermoformed cups and trays and engineered molded and extruded containers, spools and trays. Sonoco has 25 plastics operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Netherlands and Germany. In addition to the Beauty Park facility, Sonoco Plastics operates a state-of-the-art food-grade, blow-molding and injection molding plant in Columbus, Ohio.

Published in the June 2014 Edition of American Recycler News