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National Vending Day — March 7 —
Crane Merchandising System Announces Interactive Student Event

CHICAGO – March 1, 2019 — As the industry gears up for the inaugural National Vending Day, March 7, Crane Merchandising System announces plans to host an interactive student event to mark the occasion.

“This is about giving back to the community — specifically the students — of Barnwell County, South Carolina, home of our headquarters. At Crane, we want to share National Vending Day with the next generation of leaders by introducing them to some of the career paths that come from vending services. To make this happen, we are welcoming local students to come to our facility and be our guests in an interactive session with some of our senior leaders as we recognize the vending industry and the important place it occupies in our lives,” said Kirn Reis, Vice President and General Manager for Cold Drink, Snack and Food.

“This day of celebration will include a brief overview of the vending industry and Crane Merchandising Systems and an interactive session with some of our project heads. Students will gain insight in the paths of engineering, manufacturing, finance, and more. Finally, students will get a chance to directly interact with the technology and people responsible for our part in this massive industry,” she continued.

“We applaud Crane Merchandising Systems and the many NAMA member companies who have leveraged National Vending Day to shine a light on the industry. Working together, this is a win-win, increasing awareness and building excitement around the channel and individual businesses,” said Roni Moore, Vice President, Public Relations for NAMA. “Remember to use the hashtag — #vendingday — to inject power and better target your social media posts.”

To mark this day, NAMA will showcase the industry — which includes vending — and its total economic impact of nearly $25 billion. The U.S. Convenience Services industry is represented in every community across the United States through traditional vending and micro markets — unattended retail — as well as office coffee and pantry services.

The industry, providing 140,000 good paying jobs with $7.21 billion in wages, pays $3.5 billion taxes at every level of government. From manufacturing to small-drop distribution, the industry meets the needs of consumers everywhere they are.

About Crane Merchandising Systems
Crane Co. is a diversified manufacturer of engineered industrial products. Crane Co. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CR).

One of its segments, Crane Merchandising Systems, designs and manufactures a diverse, yet integrated portfolio of automatic merchandising equipment across multiple verticals, including hot and cold beverage, snack, and food. It also offers other vending solutions including cashless processing, payment devices, vending management software and wireless communication technology. Its legacy of brands (Automatic Products®, Dixie Narco®, GPL®, National Vendors™, Stentorfield™ and Streamware®) enables Crane to provide customers a complete, cross-platform solution while maintaining innovation, quality and service.

About The NAMA Show
The NAMA Show, with more than 5,000 professionals, delivers the power of the convenience services industry: vending, coffee services, foodservice, micro markets and pantry. Discover cutting-edge technology and trends, explore new products, and build a powerful network of industry allies to grow your business and service your customers. To learn more and register, visit

NAMA represents the $34.9 billion U.S. Convenience Services Industry. By providing advocacy, education, and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s over 160,000 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing, and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school, and play.

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