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pandaDallas, TX, February 04, 2010 –(– Chick Companies, Inc., a leading global provider of packaging and manufacturing logistics solutions, has produced custom-built transport containers for FedEx Express to transport two giant pandas from the United States to China. Working in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. and Zoo Atlanta, FedEx Express will fly the pandas non-stop from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Chengdu, China on February 4, 2010.

Tai Shan, a 4-and-a-half-year-old male panda born at the National Zoo, and Mei Lan, a 3-year old female panda born at Zoo Atlanta, will travel in two custom-built, half-ton containers featuring sliding doors that reveal 3/8″ polycarbonate Lexan strong enough to stop a .38 caliber bullet. The windows were designed for natural light and to allow the bears to see each other during transport. Each container is coated in a food grade epoxy used for industrial food equipment. Water can be provided for Tai Shan and Mei Lan easily without opening the cage.

Currently, conservationists estimate that only 1,600 pandas remain in the wild. Both Tai Shan and Mei Lan are part of global, giant panda conservation programs. Upon arriving in Chengdu, Tai Shan will be received by the China Wildlife Conservation Association and the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens will take delivery of Mei Lan.

“Chick Industrial Services,” located in Lexington, Kentucky and a subsidiary of Chick Packaging, “is proud to partner with FedEx Express in designing and manufacturing transport containers for these rare pandas,” said Mike Georgiefski, General Manager, Chick Industrial Services. In 2000, Chick Packaging produced the original transport containers that were used to transport Tai Shan’s parents from China to Washington’s D.C.’s National Zoo. “Chick Companies has a long history of developing innovative packaging solutions for rare and delicate cargo and is privileged to serve as a trusted partner to many global OEM’s and their most demanding applications,” said Ken Wilson, President of Chick Packaging Group.

About Chick Companies, Inc. and Chick Packaging, Inc.

Chick Companies is a world leader in industrial packaging solutions and services. The company specializes in designing and manufacturing innovative packaging solutions that reduce total system costs for our customers. The company produces cost-effective wood, corrugated, steel, plastic and hybrid containers, crates, and skids for a wide variety of industrial market segments. The specialty-packaging leader is strategically positioned throughout North America and Europe to serve global as well as regional customers. For more information on Chick’s activities, please visit

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