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SONOCO BOARD APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR; DECLARES REGULAR DIVIDEND

 HARTSVILLE, S.C., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonoco Products Company's (NASDAQ-NMS: SONO) Board of Directors today (Oct. 20) appointed Leo Benatar, 63, chairman and chief executive officer of Engraph, Inc., of Atlanta, to a vacant position on the board and elected him as a corporate officer.
 In other action, the directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $.13 1/2 per share. This 274th consecutive quarterly dividend will be payable Dec. 10 to shareholders of record Nov. 19.
 Sonoco recently completed a successful tender offer for Engraph, which will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Sonoco. In addition to his seat on the board, Benatar will continue his responsibility for the Engraph operations.
 Benatar joined Engraph in 1981 and prior to that served as president of Mead Packaging, a division of The Mead Corporation. He joined Mead in 1954.
 Benatar serves on the Board of Directors of Interstate Bakeries Corporation of Kansas City, Mo.; Mohawk Industries, Inc., of Atlanta; and Riverwood International Corporation, of Atlanta. He serves as deputy chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and is also on the Advisory Board of the Arkwright-Boston Insurance Company, the Board of Trustees of Fernbank, Inc., the Alumni Advisory Board of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, and the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Tech Foundation. He is a past member of a wide variety of other boards and organizations.
 A native of Atlanta, Benatar received his B.I.E. degree from Georgia Tech in 1951. He attended graduate school at Georgia Tech, completed studies in printing management at Rochester Institute of Technology, and graduated from Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development.
 Sonoco Products Company is an international manufacturer of industrial and consumer packaging products employing more than 16,000 persons in 23 countries.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Puffer of Sonoco Products, 803-383-7425/
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