If increased tradeshow participation is a sign of a recovering economy, PACK EXPO bodes well for the manufacturing industry. PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, announces that PACK EXPO International 2012, to be held October 28 to 31 at McCormick Place, Chicago, has sold out of exhibit space. This year’s event will be the largest since 2002, with a record 1,800-plus exhibitors showcasing the latest in packaging and processing technology across more than 1.1 million sq. ft of exhibit space.

In addition to lounges dedicated to beverage, snack, confectionery, and pharmaceutical industries, the show will feature expertise from the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC), the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT), and several chapters of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). The 2012 show will also see the return of the PACK EXPO Lecture Series, with comedian and pundit Dennis Miller and commentator James Carville taking the stage on October 28. For more information, visit packexpo.com.