Canadian Packaging

Pregis sponsors Cal Poly egg drop competition

Competition to be held to determine who can construct the most secure package for an egg to survive a 30-foot drop.

April 2, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Deerfield, Ill.—Cal Poly State University students will be able to put their packaging knowledge to the test via the annual on campus egg drop competition to be held on May 8, 2014.

Sponsored by Pregis Corp., a leading global manufacturer of protective packaging, each student will be given an identical kit containing a variety of materials from which to construct a shipping container. The challenge is to prevent an uncooked (Grade-AA Large) chicken egg from breaking when dropped from a height of 30 feet with prizes to be   awarded to the top three entrants.

The egg drop competition is part of the Poly Pack Symposium, a day-long event, which gathers packaging professionals from around the nation to network and present new topics and techniques to students and industry members. This year’s event theme is Emerging Trends in the Packaging Industry.

“Cal Poly is pleased to have Pregis sponsor this year’s egg drop competition. Our students will benefit from being able to interact with an innovative protective packaging company,” states Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business professor and packaging program director Jay Singh.

Pregis’ sponsorship is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to furthering packaging education.

“As a leader in developing protective packaging solutions, we want to support the next generation of packaging professionals as they develop their skills.  Today’s students will eventually be responsible for creating tomorrow’s game changing packaging materials and systems.  Pregis would like to be part of that journey,” says Pregis director of human resources Cherie Barnier.

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s Central Coast. The university’s packaging program is designed to capitalize on theories and skills learned in other disciplines thereby uniquely preparing students for success as packaging professionals in positions ranging from highly technical research and development to purchasing, production, sales and management.

Pregis Corporation is a leading global provider of innovative protective packaging materials and systems. The company offers solutions for a wide variety of consumer and industrial market segments including food, beverage, healthcare, medical devices, agricultural, e-commerce, retail, automotive, furniture, electronics, construction and military/aerospace. Pregis currently operates 27 facilities in 10 countries in North America and Europe.

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