Let's call attention today to two major packaging injection molders that are making a difference in their local communities: Berry Plastics Corp. and Nypro Inc. Berry Plastics has, for a long time, made a big deal out of Earth Day. Today is the company's 21st annual Earth Day celebration at its corporate headquarters in Evansville, Ind. Every year, the company takes the opportunity to give local elementary pupils a tour of the plant, along with information about source reduction, reuse and recycling. This year the company expects to host 1,750 pupils. Berry's first Earth Day celebration was in 1991 and included about 1,200 students. (I'm pretty sure I was there, but as a reporter, not a pupil!) So consider this -- after 21 years, it's likely that Berry is about to reach a whole new generation of Evansville-area children. About 250 of Berry's employees will volunteer in this year's celebration; employees will act as tour guides or give presentations to the student groups. For Nypro, the community involvement being featured today is aimed at families -- Habitat for Humanity. The company's Nypro Packaging business group selected Habitat as the recipient of its "Mojo" Sustainability Initiative. Group President Paul Kayser said the company will partner with Habitat in all the communities where Nypro Packaging has manufacturing operations. The company has committed to volunteering employees' time, plus pledging a financial contribution to cover the material costs. Nypro said that yesterday and today, six executives from Nypro Packaging along with 13 other members of the leadership team will spend two full days volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity house in Lancaster, Mass. This is Nypro Packaging's second Habitat Mojo event -- the first was earlier this year in Mebane, N.C. Similar projects are planned at or near other Nypro Packaging facilities in Hanover Park, Ill.; Dothan, Ala.; Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Atlanta and Chula Vista, Calif. Hats off to all the Berry and Nypro workers who are volunteering their time this week.
Berry and Nypro employees making a difference
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