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Sealed Air Opens New Research Lab in PORTAL

Fortune 500 company Sealed Air Corporation recently opened its research and design lab inside UNC Charlotte’s PORTAL Building to provide a look at the future of packaging.

Sealed Air is awaiting completion of its new headquarters in south Charlotte; until then, the company set up a temporary Innovation Lab on the first floor of PORTAL. The company’s R&D employees are focused on applications engineering and new developments for Instapak and Korrvu, two new Sealed Air packaging products.

Ken Chrisman, president of Sealed Air’s Product Care Division, speaking at a media event Tuesday, explained the company’s mission to be a leader in innovation; he noted PORTAL provided an inspirational environment that has been integral to the company’s research and development. He also stressed the value of a research university like UNC Charlotte in terms of student and faculty support for business and industry.

Foxx Kicks Off Tour of Light Rail on Campus

Greeted by Chancellor Philip L. Dubois, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx kicked off a tour of development along the LYNX Blue Line Extension during a stop at the UNC Charlotte Main Station on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The purpose of the tour is to highlight investment along the light rail line and to portray mass transit as a key strategy to increase accessibility and to reduce poverty and segregation.

When the main UNC Charlotte campus was being developed in the 1960s, Dubois said, no one thought it was essential for the University to be closely connected to the city. "This has all changed," he said. "We know now that you need to be part of the fabric of the community you serve. We have taken many steps to ensure we are more closely linked."