PACK EXPO Las Vegas Amazing Packaging Race winners announced

Students from CalPoly, San Jose State, Virginia Tech take top prize


Las Vegas; Sept. 27, 2017 – The Amazing Packaging Race took over the PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2017 show floor today and three students from Team 17 outplayed 19 other teams to win new iPads, courtesy of Emerson’s ASCOTM, the event sponsor.

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, hosted the eighth annual event.

Team 17 — Kevin Zhu (San Jose State University); Nicholas Murakas (California Polytechnic State University); Jayne Little (Virginia Tech) — won with a mixture of strategy and skill, perfecting a balance of completing tasks and reaching the most exhibitors.

In second place was Team 15 — Landon Holbert (Virginia Tech); Vanessa Hinrichs (University of Wisconsin-Stout); Brittany Hatfield (Michigan State University); Marybeth Greene (Indiana State University).

“PACK EXPO is the largest classroom for packaging technologies, and thanks to the participating exhibitors, we were able to provide students studying packaging and other related fields with hands-on experience that they cannot get anywhere else,” says Glen Long, senior vice president, PMMI.

The 19 participating companies were spread out among the nearly 900,000 net square feet of exhibit space: 3M; APPMA; Barry-Wehmiller; Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc.; Cozzoli Machine Company; Dorner Manufacturing Corp.; Frazier & Son; Garvey Corporation; HMC Products, Inc; Intelligrated; Langguth America Ltd.; Matrox Imaging; Morrison Container Handling; OMAC; Plexpack Corp.; Polypack, Inc; Shurtape Technologies, LLC; Siemens Industry and Sonics & Materials Inc.

A total of 11 PMMI Partner Schools were on board for the contest: California Polytechnic State University, Clemson University, Hennepin Technical College, Indiana State University, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Virginia Tech, Purdue University Northwest, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rutgers University and San Jose State University. 

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents more than 800 North American 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, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in packaging and processing year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World and Packaging + Processing OEM. 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.

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