36 37 THE ASSOCIATION FOR PACKAGING AND PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES P MMI, The Association for Packag- ing and Processing Technologies (formerly Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute) is a trade association made up of more than 800 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and packaging-re- lated converting machinery, commercially available packaging machinery compo- nents, containers, and materials in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. PMMI was created in 1933 as a re- sponse to the National Industrial Recovery Act, promulgated during the Great De- pression, which set strict regulations on American industry. Thirty-five packaging machinery businessmen met in Buffalo, New York to decide whether to form an association that would act as the advo- cate for the packaging machinery industry to the Department of Labor. In 1935, after the National Recovery Act was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, PMMI veered from its mission as a defender of packaging practices against the regulations of the NRA, to a role of homogenizing the packaging processes and educating end users about all of the different packaging machine designs that were currently in operation. By 1938, all MOST EVERYTHING COMES IN A PACKAGE AT A GLANCE THE ASSOCIATION FOR PACKAGING AND PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES WHAT: A trade association for the manufacturers of packaging equipment and technologies WHERE: Reston, Virginia WEBSITE: www.pmmi.org THE ASSOCIATION FOR PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES & PACKAGING