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Sonoco Hutchinson, Kansas Paper Mill closes, 116 employees laid off

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (From news reports) -- The Sonoco Hutchinson Paper Mill has closed, affecting over 100 employees as a result.

According to Kansas WorkforceONE Business Services Director/Rapid Response Coordinator Tucky Allen, he received a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Monday for the Sonoco Hutchinson Paper Mill.

Allen says the WARN states 116 employees will be affected. Sonoco has owned the paper mill since 2001, when it purchased the mill from Republic Group LLC.

Kansas Works State Operations Director Shelly Thompson says, "The company is supposed to give employees advanced notice, but sometimes that doesn't happen due to unforeseen circumstances."

Debra Teufel, with the Hutch Chamber, says they will be providing information to the affected employees by connecting them with community resources and employers in the community who are actively hiring.

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