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Chuck Cloud, of Cloud Packaging, has died

Charles E. "Chuck" Cloud, inventor and former principle owner of Cloud Corp., now Cloud Packaging, passed on June 14, 2008.

Chuck Cloud began his career with his father, William Sr., at Curtiss Candy Co. The two were free roaming engineers there, charged with improving the efficiency of the manufacturing and packaging machinery in Curtiss’ Chicago facilities. Any money their efforts saved for Curtiss was set aside as "The Cloud-Curtiss Development Fund" to perpetuate their efforts. They were so effective that the Cloud-Curtiss Development Fund flourished. So much so, that it was spun off and eventually led to the formation of Cloud Machine Corp., which was established in 1957 at a Curtiss plant in Chicago and moved to its own new building in Skokie IL in 1960.

As president and chairman, Chuck continually surprised all who worked along side him with his casual demeanor; his personal work ethic; and his gentle, good-natured humor.

Chuck's creativity led to numerous inventions, including: twist-wrappers, hot-dog vacuum packagers, Form-A-Bag machines (which became the popular Hayssen RT. Still manufactured today), Styrene Blisters for a variety of food products (nondairy creamers, salt etc.), PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) blisters/drum machine for water soluble blisters for soaps and disinfectants, filter packs for coffees foil/paper pouches for drink mixes, candies, puddings, condiments and soaps etc., and most notably, pouches for sugar and sugar substitutes. The high-speed, horizontal, continuous motion pouch machine." is the most notable of Chuck's inventions.

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