Closure and Container Manufacturers Association Selects Technology Business Partners for Full Service Management

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New manufacturing association moves to Illinois representing two key sectors of the packaging industry, closures and containers.

Technology Business Partners Inc. (TBPI) has been selected by the Closure and Container Manufacturers Association (CCMA) as its full-service association management company.

Leading the CCMA will be veteran association executive Candace M. Renwall, TBPI's Chief Executive Officer. "We are extremely proud to bring the CCMA to Illinois, the second largest concentration of trade association headquarters in the country," said Renwall. "TBPI's services, global business presence and team of association experts will enhance CCMA's stature not only in the U.S but across the globe."

Celebrating its 25th year as an organization, CCMA has served to promote the continued growth and acceptance of closures and containers through research, standards, education, regulation and legislation. As the recognized voice of these industry sectors, CCMA's alliances extend to corporations, government, academia, associations and various public-serving organizations. The association offers a broad range of technical bulletins and publications, along with its official newsletter which captures the leading trends and developments affecting both the member companies themselves as well as those affecting global consumers.

Despite facing economic pressure, the U.S. closure market is projected to grow annually to $9.6 billion by 2012. The U.S. rigid container market is projected to grow 5.4% annually through 2012 to $32 billion. Closure trends include the continuing conversion from screw-off caps to dispensing closures, as well as inverted packaging and easy-open jar lids. Container trends lean toward development of "green" containers, the increasing use of generic products and progress in developing and expanding markets internationally.

TBPI's immediate priorities for CCMA will be completing relocation of the headquarters from Virginia to Illinois, preparing for the May 2009 annual meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia and promoting member to member networking with the addition of 3 new membership categories (Affiliate, Supporting Organization and Education). Other new business development opportunities are underway in the areas of information forums and collaborative partnerships and alliances nationally and internationally.

"I am confident that TBPI's extensive network, the outstanding depth and breadth of their knowledge and resources will help us add value to our members, the industry and consumers throughout the world," said Roy Robinson, CCMA Chairman of the Board, and Vice President, Portola Packaging/ZORKusa. "We represent one of the most vital and necessary sectors in the U.S. manufacturing arena. Through its own initiatives and actions, particularly in the area of standards, CCMA members and the entire packaging industry continues to innovate through the use of emerging materials, tools and technologies. Containers and closures touch our lives every day in every way, making these products a vital and integral part of society".

For more information on the CCMA, go to http://www.closureandcontainer.org.

About TBPI:
Technology Business Partners is a fast-growing association management company providing a variety of innovative and creative low-cost management and project services to all non-profit organizations. Founded in 2005, TBPI's mission is to leverage its significant non-profit and for-profit knowledge and network to drive growth and business development for all of its client organizations. For more information about TBPI, go to http://www.techbuspart.com or call Candace Renwall at 847-909-8010.

About CCMA:
The Closure & Container Manufacturers Association offers its members the opportunity to interact with other closure manufacturers, suppliers, equipment suppliers, and glass and plastic container manufacturers to more effectively serve the needs of the marketplace by working together as an Association rather than by members acting individually. For more information about CCMA, go to http://www.closureandcontainer.org or call Candace Renwall at 847-438-2700.

Press Contact: Candace Renwall (847-438-2700)

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