Silent Auction Raises $67,000+ for Packaging & Processing Education

Donations are used to fund student scholarships and education programs via the PMMI Foundation.


PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, raised over $67,000 during its second annual Silent Auction to benefit the PMMI Foundation and support the future of the packaging and processing industry. Donations are used to fund student scholarships and education programs.

“PMMI received an overwhelmingly positive response of donations from all across our industry to support the PMMI Foundation’s mission of advancing the packaging and processing workforce,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “Our sincerest gratitude to all who took the time to participate in this event by donating items, money, and bidding on items. These gifts will help ensure the future of our industry.”

The Silent Auction was held in conjunction with the 2022 PMMI Annual Meeting (Sept. 12-14; Chicago) and raised money through bids and donations both online and in person, with a live component held during the event. Items available for bid included vacation getaways to Montana, New Orleans, Hilton Head, St. Petersburg, and Colorado; autographed guitars from the American rock band Styx that will be signed during PACK EXPO International’s PACK Gives BACK event (October 23-26; Chicago); sports tickets; bourbon gift sets; and more.

Several companies made significant cash donations during the event: 

Gold Donor 

  • Pacteon Group
  • Pro Mach

Silver Donor 

  • Garvey
  • PAC Machinery
  • Paxiom 

Bronze Donor 

  • Delkor 

The Foundation is always thankful for cash donations, and this year, the Silent Auction drew substantial generosity from members through donations and purchased items during the event. 

PMMI and the Foundation would like to thank the following member companies and individuals for generous gift donations: 

  • Barry Wehmiller
  • Bob and Lisa Williams
  • Festo Corporation
  • Harpack – ULMA
  • Jordan Hamrick
  • Matt Jones
  • Mark Ruberg
  • Pearson Packaging
  • Polypack
  • R.A Jones
  • Spee Dee Packaging
  • Starview Packaging
  • Wipotec-OCS

Because of these members, The PMMI Foundation exceeded its financial fundraising goal this year. 

“We would like to thank those who participated in the silent auction,” says, Kate Fiorianti, director of workforce development, PMMI.  “We had bidding wars right up to the end of the auction on several items. There were so many members who participated that we cannot list them all, but we want to give a special thank you to several members who successfully and generously bid on multiple big-ticket items.”

Those members include:

  • Andrew Barrieau, Felins USA
  • Emmanuel and Montserrat Cerf, Polypack
  • Kevin Mauger, NCC Automated Systems
  • Greg Schombert, Hoosier Feeding Company
  • Nancy and Nick Wilson, Morrison Container Handling Solutions

Donations to the PMMI Foundation can be made anytime at