Packaging Hall of Fame Welcomes 6 New Inductees

August 20, 2014


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Packaging Hall of Fame Welcomes 6 New Inductees

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

Reston, Va.; Aug. 20, 2014 — 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 Tuesday, Nov. 4, 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:

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

“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 Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI.

A special reception and induction ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 5:15 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, adjacent to McCormick Place and PACK EXPO International, co-located with the Pharma EXPO 2014. 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.

PMMI would like to thank the members of the Packaging Hall of Fame Commission for their time and effort reviewing and selecting the 2014 inductees to the Packaging Hall of Fame.

  • Joe Angel, Packaging World
  • Richard Bahr, MGS Machine
  • Jeff Bigger, Massman Automation Designs
  • Jane Chase, Schwan’s Shared Services, LLC, The Schwan Food Company
  • Tom Egan, PMMI
  • Maria Ferrante, PMMI
  • Mark Green, Abbott Nutrition
  • Timm Johnson, Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery
  • Robert Kimmel, Clemson University
  • Bob Larkin, ACH Food Company
  • Lisa McTigue Pierce, Packaging Digest
  • Ben Miyares, The Packaging Management Institute
  • Sean Riley, PMT Magazine
  • Zeb Robbins, The Boston Beer Company
  • Jay Singh, Orfalea College of Business – CalPoly State University
  • Brian Wagner, Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions
  • Nick Wilson, Morrison Container Handling Solutions
  • Fritz Yambrack, San Jose State University


To purchase sponsorship packages and tickets, visit For more information contact Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI: or 703.243.8555.

About PMMI
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.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International and presented jointly with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE); PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, 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 2014, Nov. 2–5 (McCormick Place, Chicago); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014; PACK EXPO East, debuting Feb. 16–18, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia); EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 10–12, 2015 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico); EXPO PACK México 2015, June 16–19 (Mexico City, Mexico).

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Kate Achelpohl
PMMI Director, Member Communications