John “Tom” Jennings, founder of Container Manufacturing, died Friday at age 85. Jennings was the inventor of tip "N" measure and tip "N" pour measuring and dispensing containers.
John “Tom” Jennings, founder of Container Manufacturing, died Friday at age 85, in Stewart, Fla. Jennings was the inventor of tip “N” measure and tip “N” pour measuring and dispensing containers.
Tom received his first U.S. patent in 1979 and started Container Manufacturing, Inc. to manufacture his new invention which would later be trademarked, tip”N” measure. His oldest son (Tom Jr.) was already entrenched in a successful career with the investment firm of Kidder Peadbody & Co. in Manhattan. At the time, younger sons Rob and Dave were just completing college, and decided to team up with their dad on the new plastics manufacturing venture. Over the next twenty years, Tom would receive dozens of U.S. and International patents in the field of plastics packaging. In 2001, he was honored by New Jersey Institute of Technology (his alma matter) with the “2001 Inventor of the Year” award for his achievements in the packaging industry, and inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame. His inventions won many packaging awards, including awards from the Institute of Packaging Professionals, the World Packaging Organization, the National Association of Container Distributors, and the IoPP AmeriStar Package Awards Committee.
By the early nineties, Tom relinquished most of the Company responsibilities to his two sons and officially retired in 2001. Container Manufacturing continues to thrive today under the leadership of Rob and Dave Jennings.
A memorial service will take place in New Jersey and will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John Thomas “Tom” Jennings’ name to Alzheimer's Association , Greater New Jersey Chapter, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, N.J. 07834 or www.alz.org