ASCO Numatics Sponsors Amazing Packaging Race at PACK EXPO Int'l 2012

Reston, Va.; February 16, 2012 — PMMI, owner and producer of PACK EXPO International (McCormick Place, Chicago; Oct. 28-31, 2012) is pleased to announce ASCO Numatics will sponsor the Amazing Packaging Race for the second time.

The fun and educational event pits teams of packaging students, from programs around the country, against each other in a race to gather points by completing tasks at specific PACK EXPO booths.

“Packaging is an important market for ASCO Numatics, and PACK EXPO is no doubt the premiere industry event,” says Robert W. Kemple Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing–Americas, ASCO Numatics.

PMMI expects PACK EXPO to host more than 46,000 attendees and 1,800 exhibitors in over 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space. Using monies generated by sponsorships and fundraisers such as the PMMI Education & Training Foundation Golf Tournament at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, the PMMI Education & Training Foundation will finance travel scholarships for roughly 200 to 300 students, notes Maria Ferrante, vice president, education & workforce development, PMMI.

She adds that participating exhibitors will be asked to contribute $500 to the Foundation, which will support scholarships and other educational assistance for students at PMMI's partner schools in the United States and Canada.

“Exhibitors who participate in the Amazing Packaging Race tell us their booth teams enjoy seeing the students’ enthusiasm and helping them to learn more about the industry they’re training to join. It’s a great way to expose the students to leading suppliers,” Ferrante says.

Kemple says ASCO’s Amazing Packaging Race sponsorship in 2011 laid the groundwork for their successful and continuing participation.

“Sponsoring the Amazing Packaging Race gave us an opportunity to participate in the industry on a new and very exciting level, while at the same time providing a forum for us to announce the winners of our own engineering scholarship before an audience of their peers. 2011 was our first sponsorship of the Amazing Packaging Race, and we will continue our sponsorship in 2012,” he says.

At PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, 44 students from nine schools competed, and 19 exhibiting companies took part in the Amazing Packaging Race. Participation is open to any of PMMI’s partner schools in the United States and Canada, and PACK EXPO 2012 exhibitors.

To participate in the 2012 Amazing Packaging Race, contact Danny Martinez, education & workforce development coordinator, PMMI: 571.612.3204 or

Learn more about the ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships at the ASCO Numatics website www.asco/scholarship.

About PMMI

PMMI is a trade association of about 600 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and related converting machinery in the United States or Canada; machinery components and packaging containers and materials. PMMI's vision is to be the leading global resource for the packaging and processing supply chain, and its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers.

PMMI organizes the  PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and EXPO PACK México, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: EXPO PACK México, June 26–29 in Mexico City, Mexico; PACK EXPO International at McCormick Place in Chicago, Oct. 28–31, 2012.

Learn more about PMMI and the  PACK EXPO trade shows at and

About ASCO Numatics

 ASCO Numatics, a division of Emerson, offers comprehensive fluid automation solutions, including flow control and pneumatics products, for a wide range of industry-focused applications. The ASCO Numatics product line in North America consists of more than 50,000 valves, an extensive selection of air preparation equipment, and a full line of actuation products. ASCO products include solenoid pilot valvesangle body piston valves, linear indicators, redundant control systems, and pressure sensors. The Numatics line covers valve manifolds, cylinders, grippers, filters, regulators, and lubricators. For more information about ASCO Numatics products, visit

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.  The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions.  Sales in fiscal 2011 were $24.2 billion.  For more information, visit

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  • ASCO Numatics Sponsors Amazing Packaging Race
  • PACK Expo, McCormick Place, Chicago IL, October 28-31, 2012
  • Challenges at each booth can range from changing patterns on a case packer to feeding shrink wrap through a shrink wrapper or finding specific locations on the PACK EXPO show floor