The trusted name in protective packaging solutions.
As part of an ongoing effort to help educate the next generation of packaging professionals,
Pregis LLC, a North American leader in protective packaging solutions, has implemented
several initiatives. These include student internships, mentoring, equipment/material
donations and event sponsorships.
Pregis is partnering with four institutions (Cal Poly State University, Clemson
University, University of Wisconsin, Stout and Michigan State University) with packaging
“Our goal is to support the universities and connect with students to share
our packaging knowledge,” said Cherie Barnier, director of human resources.
“Today’s students will be tomorrow’s packaging engineers and decision
makers, so it is important that we, as industry professionals, invest in their future.”
On May 7th, Pregis is once again sponsoring Cal Poly State University’s egg
drop competition, which allows students to put their packaging knowledge to the
test. Each student will be given an identical kit containing a variety of materials
from which to construct a shipping container. The challenge is to prevent an uncooked
(Grade-AA Large) chicken egg from breaking when dropped from a height of 30 feet.
The egg drop competition is part of the Poly Pack Symposium, a day-long event which
gathers packaging professionals from around the nation to network and present new
topics and techniques to students and industry members.
Pregis also recently sponsored Clemson’s annual Packaging Jamboree and presented
the latest protective packaging trends to attendees.
Additionally, Pregis has assigned ambassadors to the four universities with whom
it has partnered. The ambassadors are Pregis packaging professionals and alumni
of the respective schools. The objective is to create ongoing dialog and actively
contribute toward the curriculum development of each packaging program.
Pregis also expects to offer five internships this year in the following disciplines:
package design, packaging systems, information technology and two junior account
Barnier added, “We are excited about collaborating with each university to
help advance their packaging program and work with their talented students. We want
to encourage the flow of ideas and solutions to and from them.”