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The Glass Packaging Institute is the North American trade association for the glass container industry, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Through GPI, glass container manufacturers advocate job preservation, industry standards, promote sound energy, environmental, and recycling policies.OrganizationThe GPI membership consists of 5 glass container manufacturing member companies, and 33 supplier member companies, who provide raw materials, recycled glass, equipment, decorating, and other services to the glass companies. The country's 46 glass container plants in 22 states comprise a $5.5 billion industry. U.S. glass container manufacturers operate 102 glass furnaces, collectively producing 30 billion glass food, beverage, cosmetic, spirits, wine, and beer containers annually. The U.S. glass container industry directly employs approximately 18,000 nationwide, and its supplier and customer companies support hundreds of thousands of additional jobs.GPI's Board of Trustees is the core decision-making body in the organization. It is made up of representatives from each of the glass container manufacturing member companies, as well as two representatives from the associate member companies (supplier member companies). The Trustees meet semi-annually for budget, agenda and future planning purposes.GPI hosts two meetings each year. A Spring Membership Meeting, which is held in Washington, D.C., and an Annual Meeting in the Fall.John Riordan, President and CEO of Ardagh Group, Glass-North America serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Glass Packaging Institute. Lynn M. Bragg serves as the trade association's President.The Board is supplemented with a series of committees, including a Marketing and Communications Committee, Government Affairs Committee, Membership Committee and Drawing and Specifications Committee.
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