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Packaging Hall of Fame Inductees to be Honored Oct. 30

August 14, 2012

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Kate Achelpohl
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Packaging Hall of Fame Inductees to be Honored Oct. 30

  • Sponsorships & Tickets available at
  • Proceeds benefit PMMI’s Packaging Education & Training Foundation

Reston, Va.; August 14, 2012 — PMMI congratulates the Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2012, announced today:

  • Curtis Babb; MillerCoors (retired)
  • Thomas Brady; Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI)
  • Thomas Dunn; Flexpacknology LLC
  • Fred Hayes; Hayes & Associates Inc.
  • Hershey and Bernie Lerner, Automated Packaging Systems
  • Nick Wilson, Morrison Container Handling Solutions

“The range of experience and dedication to giving back to the packaging community in this year’s class is extraordinary,” says Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI.

The inductees will be recognized at a reception in their honor on October 30, 2012, 5:15 PM, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, during PACK EXPO International 2012.

“The entire PACK EXPO community is invited to the Packaging Hall of Fame reception. In addition to honoring these distinguished leaders, it provides scholarships for students in packaging programs around the country,” Ferrante says. “It’s a very powerful way to support our industry.”

Proceeds from the reception benefit PMMI’s Packaging Education and Training Foundation, which offers scholarships for students in two- or four-year packaging programs.

Tickets are available for $75 per person, and table sponsorships range from $1,500 to $3,000.

To purchase tickets, visit, and to arrange sponsorships, contact Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI: or 703.243.8555.

PMMI would also like to thank the members of the Packaging Hall of Fame Commission for the time they took to review, discuss and select this year’s inductees:

Joe Angel, Packaging World

Jeff Bigger, Massman Automation Designs, Inc.

Tom Egan, PMMI

Maria Ferrante, PMMI

Greg Flickinger, Snyders-Lance

Rick Fox, Jr.; Fox IV Technologies, Inc.

Mark Green, Abbott Nutrition

Timm Johnson, Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc.

Bob Larkin, ACH Food Companies, Inc.

Mike Lorenzen, University of Wisconsin – Stout

Jim Mino, Hormel Foods Corporation

Ben Miyares Packaging Management Institute

Tyler Pease, Institute of Packaging Professionals

Joe Pryweller, Packaging Strategies

Sean Riley, PMT Magazine

Rick Schneider, Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc.

Bruce Welt, University of Florida


About PMMI
PMMI is a trade association of more than 600 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and related converting machinery in the United States or Canada; machinery components and packaging containers and materials. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for the packaging and processing supply chain, and its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, EXPO PACK México, and EXPO PACK Guadalajara ,connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: PACK EXPO International at McCormick Place in Chicago, Oct. 28–31, 2012; EXPO PACK Guadalajara at Expo Guadalajara, February 27 - March 1; EXPO PACK México 2013 at Centro Banamex, Mexico City, June 18-21.

Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at and

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