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Hartness and Vertique join forces

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), has announced that Vertique, a leading global producer of automated warehouse solution, will join forces with Hartness International and will become part of the Hartness' existing consumer packaging businesses, operating as Hartness Vertique Warehouse Automation.
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Hartness Intl. and RKW announce Grab Pack partnership in Europe

Hartness International and RKW will introduce Grab Pack at Drinktec 2009 in September. A new film package, Grab Pack offers enhanced customer convenience, quality display characteristics, and reduced packaging material.
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Hartness appoints EMEA Managing Director

Phil Johnson returns to Hartness International to support development in Europe.
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Top packaging professionals join Hartness

Hartness International announces the hiring of Rich Brown and John Loughlin.
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Web Plus

Hartness Internationalwww.hartness.comThe newly launched Web site features enhanced graphics, the latest video footage, and more detailed product information. Designed to educate existing and potential clients on the company's expanded capabilities and the global nature of today's business. Eskowww.esko.comExpanded content and technical support have been implemented in this revamped site. Site reflects a graphical style that is consistent with the company's system integration, its software, and solutions. Homepage highlights the latest news, events, and contact information­—and a new user-friendly page format. AutomationDirectlearn.automationdirect.comThis newly launched video tutorial and training site is divided into major product categories and helps answer frequently asked questions on a range of automation topics from "selecting a PLC" to "building a combination manual motor starter." Other topics include HMI and PLC software features, the basics of sensors, and more.
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Industry Watch

TRACKING PACKAGING CHANGES
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Companies

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Packagers emphasize environment and economics

Packaging professionals from Estée Lauder/Aveda, Hewlett-Packard, and Bacardi Bottling describe how their companies view packaging that is environmentally sustainable.
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Companies

Pester USA Pac Automation (Allendale, NJ) (above) doubled the size of its U.S. headquarters by adding 18ꯠ sq’.
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Companies

Sidel (above) has opened a new plant in Parma, Italy, dedicated to assembling filling machines.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas growing

Nearly 700 companies have already signed up to exhibit at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2001, reported Bernard McPheely, chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) and chief executive officer of Hartness Intl., Inc. (Greenville, SC).
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Video response system

Hartness Intl. (Greenville, SC) and Power-Data Services (Dallas, TX) have introduced a Video Response System for packagers. The VRS util-izes real-time video (30 frames/ sec) to enable companies to commu-nicate visually with vendors to identify line problems and provide solutions.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Packaging Intl., a consortium consisting of Hartness Intl.; AMBEC; Industrial Dynamics Co., Ltd.; D&L Mfg. Co., Inc.; and Pinnacle Automation Intl.