Four Elected to Packaging Hall of Fame

Four career-long packaging professionals — Dr. Raymond Bourque, Audrey Marsh King, Stanley Kopecky and Lawrence Starr — will be inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame during an awards reception at the Hyatt McCormick Hotel on November 7, in conjunction with Pack Expo International 2004.

A Packaging Hall of Fame Commission, made up of representatives from all sectors of the packaging supply chain, selected Bourque, King, Kopecky and Starr for induction into the Packaging Hall of Fame, Class of 2004, from among 15 persons nominated by their peers in the industry. Every year since 1972, a select number of career packaging professionals have been inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame in recognition of significant contributions they made in advancing packaging technology and engendering a better understanding of packaging's role on society.

"The Packaging Hall of Fame is the highest honor a packaging professional can attain, and through their leadership and significant contributions to the industry, the four individuals to be inducted into the Class of 2004 are truly deserving of the recognition," says Ben Miyares, vice president, industry relations, Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.

RFID in the Supply Chain Seminar
The Northeast Ohio WERCouncil and the Center for Information Technology and E-Business (CITE) will co-sponsor a half-day seminar November 19 at the Paul E. Martin University Center on the campus of the University of Akron. Time is 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The seminar is a forum for the exchange of ideas among industry, academe and government professionals on emerging IT issues facing organizations.

Radio frequency identification (RFID), an emerging technology, enables the automatic detection and tracking of items through their life cycle. Recent RFID initiatives by Wal-Mart, Target and the Department of Defense have some suppliers jumping on the RFID bandwagon. Other companies are evaluating RFID to improve efficiency and profitability.

The keynote address on the latest developments in RFID standards will be delivered by Sue Hutchinson, director of product management at EPCglobal. Tom Andel, chief editor of Material Handling Management, will moderate a panel discussion, "RFID from the Production Line to the Bottom Line."

For more information, contact Dr. Barb Osyk at [email protected] or 330-972-5439.

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