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 Sunday, 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.

Initiated by the Packaging Education Forum, the Packaging Hall of Fame is now administered by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI).

To continue the Packaging Hall of Fame tradition of honoring individuals from all sectors of the packaging community, PMMI formed a Packaging Hall of Fame Commission to select from among those nominated, the individuals to be inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame, Class of 2004. This year's Commission consists of: Mark C. Garvey, president, Garvey Corp.; Bruce Hagins, general manager, equipment operations, Sealed Air Corp.; Bruce Harte, Ph.D., professor, Michigan State University School of Packaging; Robert Heitzman, vice president, brand development, Packaging Digest ; Ben Miyares, vice president, industry relations, PMMI; John Ratcliff, director of packaging, Nestle Purina Pet Care; and Thomas L. Schneider, CPP, president, Industrial & Shippers Supply Inc.

"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 Miyares.

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) is a trade association whose vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging. Its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers.

PMMI is the sponsor and producer of the Pack Expo shows. Pack Expo International is held every two years and features more than 1,900 exhibitors and covers more than 1.3 million net square feet. Pack Expo International 2004 will be held Nov. 7-11 at McCormick Place, Chicago; Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005 takes place September 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. PMMI also co-produces Expo Pack Mexico, to be held June 21-24, 2005, at Centro Banamex, Mexico City, Mexico.

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