Three students win top prize at Amazing Packaging Race 2018

Indiana State University, Ryerson University and Community College of Allegheny County students are Amazing Packaging Race 2018 Champions

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Three students have won the ninth annual Amazing Packaging Race on the PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO show floor. The race was coordinated by show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, which 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.

Sponsored by Emerson, the race brought together 20 teams from schools across the country to complete a series of challenges over 1.2 million net-square-feet of exhibit space.

Team Two, consisting of Christopher Bice (Community College of Allegheny County), Langdon Beckort (Indiana State University) and Rebecca Bourgeois (Ryerson University), bested the competition with their social-media savvy and show floor strategy, meeting the most exhibitors and completing the tasks faster than their opponents. Each student took home US$ 500 in prize money.

Jim Pittas, president and chief executive officer, PMMI said, “Students and exhibitors look forward to this event every year. It’s a great way for future leaders to experience the field firsthand, and the hands-on tasks and friendly competition make it a fun way to close out PACK EXPO International.”

3M, AMK Automation, Cozzoli Machine Company, Duravant, Industrial Repair Service, Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC), PLEXPACK and many mere participated in the race. Competing students represented 14 PMMI Partner Schools, including California Polytechnic State University, Indiana State University, Rutgers University, University of Florida, Hillsboro Community College, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin – Stout and many others.

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