Amid the clamor of shows in the West MIDPAK '97 quietly emerges as the sole packaging exhibition in the Midwest. And this year it wears its regional colors proudly anticipating close to 6 attendees. MidMed the medical packaging show held within MIDPAK is said to have been "created to recognize the growing impact of the medical manufacturing challenges in the packaging industry in the Midwest" according to show management firm Minnesota Events (Plymouth MN). Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (Plymouth MN) the exhibition takes place Tuesday October 21 and 22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The MIDPAK Packaging Conference is planned for the same two days. A $99 registration covers both the seminar and exposition. Robert Esse Esse Technologies (Monticello MN) chairs the conferences.