Emerson Renews Commitment to Advancing Packaging and Processing Industry Education

The event, which sees student teams tackle challenges set by exhibitors across all four halls of the show floor, will culminate on Nov. 6 with prize presentations to the top three teams. Each winning team member will be awarded $1,000, with second and third-place teams receiving $500 and $250 per member, respectively.

Emerson Renews Commitment to Advancing Packaging and Processing Industry Education

Herndon, Va.; May 29, 2024 — Emerson has reaffirmed its support for The Amazing Packaging Race at PACK EXPO International (Nov. 3-6; McCormick Place, Chicago), continuing a partnership of over a decade with show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

Laura Thompson, vice president of Trade Shows at PMMI, emphasized the significance of education and workforce development, stating, "PMMI is committed to engaging students and fostering their enthusiasm for our industry. The return of The Amazing Packaging Race to Chicago this year underscores our dedication to this cause."

The event, which sees student teams tackle challenges set by exhibitors across all four halls of the show floor, will culminate on Nov. 6 with prize presentations to the top three teams. Each winning team member will be awarded $1,000, with second and third-place teams receiving $500 and $250 per member, respectively.

Jim Pittas, president and CEO of PMMI, commended Emerson's ongoing support, noting its pivotal role in sustaining programs like The Amazing Packaging Race and contributing significantly to the PMMI Foundation. "Our partnership with Emerson is a source of immense pride, enabling us to collectively shape the industry's future," Pittas remarked.

Exhibitors interested in participating in the race can register here, with a participation fee of $600, all proceeds benefiting the PMMI Foundation. For additional details, contact Kate Fiorianti, director, Workforce Development at PMMI, at 571.287.4406 or kfiorianti@pmmi.org.

Established in 1998, the PMMI Foundation champions packaging and processing education across the U.S. and Canada. It has disbursed over $3.8 million to strengthen the industry's workforce.

The Amazing Packaging Race is one of several student activities featured at the show designed to attract the next generation of packaging and processing professionals. Additional programs include PACK Challenge, sponsored by PepsiCo, a machine-building competition among high school teams; the Future Innovators Robotics Showcase, displaying designs from Chicago-area high school teams; and the Workforce Development Pavilion, where companies can connect with students from PMMI education partner schools.

Registration is now open for PACK EXPO International's return to McCormick Place, Nov. 3-6, 2024, in Chicago. Early-bird registration is $30 until Oct. 11, after which it increases to $130. For further information and registration, visit packexpointernational.com.



About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents more than 1,000 manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components, and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media, and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of packaging and processing to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, PACK EXPO Southeast, EXPO PACK México, and EXPO PACK Guadalajara. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in packaging and processing year-round through brands including Packaging World, ProFood World, Healthcare Packaging, OEM, Contract Manufacturing and Packaging, and Mundo EXPO PACK. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market, and industry trends to support members' growth strategies, and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year.

Learn more at pmmi.org and packexpo.com and pmmimediagroup.com.



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