Old Barrel Whiskey Takes Top Prize in Student Glass Packaging Design Competition

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Old Barrel Whiskey Takes Top Prize in Student Glass Packaging Design Competition

The Glass Packaging Institute is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Michigan State School of Packaging Design Competition

ARLINGTON, VA – September 14, 2022 — The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), in partnership with Michigan State University (MSU) School of Packaging, announced today the winners of the 2022 Glass Packaging Design Competition. The first-place team includes Jenna Galecki, Jace Lemke, Ryan Connolly, Jordan Thornhill, and Ryan Thomas. The team’s concept design of a bottle for Old Barrel Whiskey led them to victory over a field of 37 total submissions from exceedingly talented groups of students"This project was such a valuable experience because we were able to take everything we learned from the semester and see a real-life project through from start to finish,” said Jenna Galecki, an MSU Packaging Design student on the winning team. “It was fun to collaborate as a group and bring creativity to our design."

Owens-Illinois Glass, Inc. (O-I) hosted the MSU competition winners and their instructor Angela Brann for tours of their Innovation Center, Glass Science Lab, Concept Design Studio, and other facilities in Perrysburg, OH, including a Virtual Reality Glass Forming demonstration. O-I also presented the team with a Lucite model of their bottle design, which will be displayed alongside models presented to past winners of the competition.

“This project allows the students to build cross-functional skills, refine their design thinking abilities, and focus on development from concept initiation to implementation in the marketplace,” said Angela Brann, MSU Academic Specialist. “I would like to thank GPI and all of our industry partners for the support and guidance that is shared with our students throughout this project each year. A big thank-you to O-I for hosting the winners at their Perrysburg, Ohio site this year.

“O-I is excited to foster educational initiatives focused on glass packaging that build strong awareness of the incredible aesthetic, functional and sustainability advantages glass provides. The MSU Glass Design Competition is one we are very proud to support,” said Doug Laib, Group Leader, Innovation and Product Design at O-I. “It is our hope, students will become excited about professional opportunities in glass packaging and become strong advocates for this amazing packaging material.”


About the Glass Packaging Institute
Founded in 1919 as the Glass Container Association of America, the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) is the trade association representing the North American glass container industry. On behalf of glass container manufacturers, GPI promotes glass as the optimal packaging choice, advances environmental and recycling policies, advocates industry standards, and educates packaging professionals. Follow GPI on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and connect with us on LinkedIn for updates on all things glass. Learn more at www.gpi.org.

About O-I Glass
At O-I Glass, Inc. (NYSE: OI), we love glass and we’re proud to be one of the leading producers of glass bottles and jars around the globe. Glass is not only beautiful, it’s also pure and completely recyclable, making it the most sustainable rigid packaging material. Headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio (USA), O-I is the preferred partner for many of the world’s leading food and beverage brands. We innovate in line with customers’ needs to create iconic packaging that builds brands around the world. Led by our diverse team of more than 24,000 people across 70 plants in 19 countries, O-I achieved net sales of $6.4 billion in 2021. Learn more: o-i.com / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn

Shauna Hamilton