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Students Benefit from a Visit from the Can Manufacturers Institute


Megan Daum, Vice President for Sustainable Packaging Megan Daum, Vice President for Sustainable Packaging, Can Manufacturers Institute, Washington, D.C.

Nov. 11, 2012 – A recent visitor from the Can Manufacturers Institute in Washington, D.C. helped students in Dr. Bush’s Principles of Packaging course broaden their understand of metal packaging. CMI is a trade association the represents aluminum and steel can makers as well as metal and coating suppliers. According to the CMI website (, “CMI members account for over 81% of annual domestic production of 133 billion cans; together they employ 22,000 people with plants in 33 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa.” Megan Daum, Vice President for Sustainable Packaging with CMI, spoke with the students in the course and explained the changes that manufacturers have and are making in order to reduce the impact of metal cans and increase the value they offer consumers. Topics included light weighting, recycling, and innovation in manufacturing and design. Ms. Daum discussed trends in the can industry as well as how trade associations such as CMI operate. A discussion of career paths in the industry was of interest to students as they look ahead to graduation. Our sincere thanks to Ms. Daum and the Can Manufacturers Institute for helping our students.



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