PMMI is a proud sponsor of the SPE Foundation Girl Scout Sustainable Packaging Patch

Delivering Positive Plastics Education™ and engaging youth who care about our environment, empowering them as future scientists and engineers to shape the packaging industry. The Girl Scouts have a mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. One of their pillars is to provide girls with quality STEM education. Students gravitate to what they know, and our programming will introduce scouts to the packaging industry and how that industry is making the world a better place by seeking sustainable solutions. Our goal for 2024 is 4,000 Girl Scouts served with Positive Plastics Education™ through our Patch Program.

Granite City Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC)

PMMI proudly supports the inaugural Granite City Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) at River's Edge Convention Center, April 5th-7th, 2024. This event underscores the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines in fostering youth creativity, teamwork, and innovation.

PMMI's support of this event aligns with the mission of FIRST®, a national organization dedicated to inspiring the youth to pursue STEM careers through engaging, hands-on experiences. The competition will bring together 54 teams from across the state, with over 2000participants, in a collaborative learning environment.

The FIRST® Robotics Program is a testament to the power of collaboration between high school students and professional mentors, aiming to not only build robots but essential career skills like critical thinking, project management, and problem-solving.

PMMI's support for this event demonstrates our commitment to investing in tomorrow's workforce today.

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PACK Challenge

To promote awareness of the packaging industry, build the pipeline of skilled future employees, and bridge the manufacturing skills gap, PMMI is working to develop fun educational programs to show students the world of manufacturing. Of these initiatives is the PACK Challenge.

This real-world packaging competition brings together teams of high school students from the Chicago area. They are challenged in a dynamic contest to design, build, and demonstrate innovative packaging machines at PACK EXPO International.

The PACK Challenge offers participating students and schools a unique opportunity to collaborate with industry professionals as they develop their own packaging machinery equipment that the schools will then keep, enabling them to explore automation and technology further.

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FIRST Long Island

PMMI proudly supports the FIRST Robotics Long Island Regional Competition, an event that gathers teams of students and mentors from approximately 50 Long Island schools, the Metropolitan area, and beyond. Hosted at Hofstra University as part of FIRST Long Island, the competition showcases the talents of students aged 14 to 18 (grades 9 to 12) in designing and building robots for competition. This annual competition showcases young talent, where participants design, build, and compete with their robots, enhancing teamwork, problem-solving, and engineering capabilities. PMMI's sponsorship reflects our dedication to fostering innovation and educational excellence in science and technology.

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SkillsUSA - National Leadership and Skills Conference

PMMI proudly supports SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Held in Atlanta each June, the NLSC is the largest gathering of America’s future skilled trades workforce and the ultimate recognition of career and technical education excellence.

SkillsUSA is a workforce development organization that empowers students to become skilled professionals, career-ready leaders, and responsible community members. It represents nearly 400,000 career and technical education students and teachers and has chapters nationwide in middle schools, high schools, and college/postsecondary institutions.

Events like the NLSC bring together over 16,000 attendees to celebrate the skills and accomplishments of students ready to lead. The highlight of the conference is the SkillsUSA Championships, where more than 6,000 state champions compete for national gold, silver, and bronze medals in 115 skilled and leadership competitions. PMMI will attend this week-long event and other SkillsUSA events throughout the year. Learn more about SkillsUSA and its impact on the industry at