On November 6-8th, the Coalition of Packaging Professionals and Academic Connections (CoPPAC) was able to take 50 MSU School of Packaging students to Pack Expo International at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. This gave these students the opportunity to witness the world’s largest packaging trade show of the year! This trip was only made possible because of the gracious contribution provided by the MSU Packaging Alumni Association!
On the first day, CoPPAC departed from East Lansing, on a charter bus early in the morning, to arrive at Pack Expo at noon. Students then had the rest of the day to explore the show. They were able to tour the 10,000+ exhibits, listen in on lectures at the Innovation Stage, and participate in the NextGEN Networking Fair where industry professionals came to recruit students for cooperative internship and full-time roles. That night, students were able to enjoy dinner at any Chicago cuisine, as well as explore what the city had to offer!
The second day was spent with a full day at Pack Expo where students could pick up right where they left off the day before. Pack Expo was such a large event, that more than one day was needed to get the full experience! After a day at Pack Expo, students were able to network with MSU Packaging Alumni at Nacional 27 in downtown Chicago. Alumni from all different industries provided a comfortable setting for students to connect in a way that stimulated conversation.
On the last day, CoPPAC departed their downtown Chicago hotel on another charter bus, and headed to West Chicago and Inhance Technologies. At Inhance, students were treated to Chicago-style deep dish pizza, and toured the facility used to provide surface modifications and barrier technologies to materials. After a rewarding three days, the bus turned home, and students arrived back in East Lansing to take the knowledge they learned from this trip and apply it to the School of Packaging.
CoPPAC would like to thank the MSU Packaging Alumni Association for their support and contribution to make this event possible! It is because of the MSU Packaging Alumni Association that the MSU School of Packaging continues to excel and be the best in the nation!