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Packaging Hall of Fame welcomes PAC’s James Downham and 5 others

PMMI to honor Class of 2014 at PACK EXPO International in reception benefiting industry education.

August 21, 2014   by Canadian Packaging Staff

Reston, Va.—PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, congratulates the Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The six inductees will be honored at a reception in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel on November 4, 2014, during PACK EXPO International.

Proceeds from the reception will benefit the PMMI Foundation to support packaging and processing education.

The Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2014 is:

  • James Downham, PAC, Packaging Consortium;
  • Mel Bahr, MGS Machine;
  • Joseph Hotchkiss, Michigan State University;
  • Toru Ichikawa, Hosokawa Yoko Co., Ltd.;
  • Bern McPheely, Hartness International, Inc.;
  • Boh Tsai, Amerasia Technologies, Inc.
PAC, Packaging Consortium president James Downham.

PAC, Packaging Consortium president James Downham.

“These packaging professionals have contributed to the packaging community as an advisor, industry pioneer, visionary, educator, leader in packaging technology and an inventor. Their contributions have led the industry to where it is today,” says PMMI education & workforce development vice-president Maria Ferrante.

A special reception and induction ceremony will be held on November 4 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago.

Tickets are $75 each, with table sponsorships ranging from $1,500 to $3,000.

Exhibitors and attendees are invited to support the industry, its leaders and their colleagues. Proceeds from the reception benefit the PMMI Foundation, providing scholarships for students in two- or four-year packaging programs.

“We’re inviting the entire PACK EXPO community to celebrate with us at the at the Packaging Hall of Fame reception. As we honor our inductees, we will fund scholarships for students in our industry,” Ferrante adds.

To purchase sponsorship packages and tickets, visit

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 650 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through programs and events such as the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows,, PMT Magazine, PACK EXPO Show Daily, networking events and educational programs.

For more information contact Maria Ferrante via e-mail at or 703-243-8555.

To learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at and

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