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GMA to Co-Locate Manufacturing Excellence Conference at PACK EXPO International ~ Program Will Focus on Product Safety, Sustainability and Operational Reliability

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced today that it is partnering with the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) and co-locating the first ever Manufacturing Excellence Conference during this fall’s PACK EXPO International. The Manufacturing Excellence Conference will deliver two days of education on topics including product safety, sustainability and operational reliability. The event will be held Monday, November 1 and Tuesday, November 2, as part of the four-day PACK EXPO International tradeshow being held October 31-November 3, 2010 in Chicago, IL at McCormick Place.

“GMA is pleased to be working with PMMI to co-locate the Manufacturing Excellence Conference with PMMI PACK EXPO International. The PMMI PAC EXPO International Trade Show, with more than 1,600 exhibitions and over 45,000 attendees, is the perfect venue to host a comprehensive manufacturing conference that will deliver new and innovative solutions for our industry’s most pressing issues,” noted Pamela G. Bailey, President and CEO of GMA. “By partnering with PMMI, our goal is to provide GMA members and all of our industry partners a forum where we can work to align manufacturing, engineering, and plant management problem solving in the critical areas of product safety, sustainability and operational reliability.”

“We are extremely pleased to have the leading trade association that represents the world’s food, beverage and consumer packaged goods companies to co-locate this important event during PACK EXPO International,” said Charles. D. Yuska, President and CEO of PMMI. “GMA member companies such as Kraft, Georgia-Pacific, Coca-Cola, Unilever and The Hershey Company attend PACK EXPO International to find the latest in processing and packaging solutions, and now can benefit from world class education from GMA’s Manufacturing Excellence Conference.”