Congresswoman Alma Adams visits groninger’s North American headquarters in Charlotte

In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Congresswoman Almas Adams toured the installations of groninger USA for a personal look at its apprenticeship program and daily operations.

Upon arrival, Congresswoman Alma Adams and her delegation were greeted by Lothar Burger, Managing Director of groninger USA. Burger stated Congresswoman Adams reached out to him to request a plant tour, as well as receive more information about groninger USA’s apprenticeship program. After a brief company presentation, the congresswoman and her delegation met groninger USA’s employees in each of the operating departments as well as all the apprentices.

Mechatronics apprentices demonstrated a few of their current and past projects. One of the projects included a robotic machine that the apprentices completed programming shortly after their acceptance into the apprenticeship program. The apprentices explained the technical aspects of their project and the skills they developed since officially entering the program.

Following the tour of the apprentice workshop, Congresswoman Adams and her delegation, were directed to the showcasing area, where the tour concluded with a dry run demonstration on groninger’s FlexPro 50 machine, as well as groninger’s lite series machines – filling and closing equipment designed and manufactured in the U.S. for small scale production needs.

Dr. Adams was pleased to learn about our industry as well as to experience our working environment. She seemed impressed with groninger’s manufacturing quality and the kind of technology that is being used in Advanced Manufacturing these days.
Lothar Burger
Managing Director groninger LLC

As an educator herself, she appreciated the fact that companies like groninger are taking the time to educate educators about the new career opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing in efforts to close the skills gap in the Charlotte region. “Today, on National Manufacturing Day, I was glad to tour groninger USA in Charlotte and learn about their unique apprenticeship program and meet the fantastic people that make this company an industry leader,” said Adams. “In Charlotte, groninger USA is closing the skills gap and providing debt free pathways to opportunity with the creation of their dual apprenticeship program. I look forward to our continued partnership to expand advanced manufacturing in North Carolina and bring better jobs and wages to our community.”

As a German subsidiary in America, groninger USA strives to provide the standards the groninger name is known for in the North American market. Burger cites the increasing demand for skilled labor in the U.S. as one of the many reasons why groninger USA implemented its apprenticeship program three years ago, and why the company is continuously looking for productive ways to refine its program due to the more technical skills demand in Advanced Manufacturing.

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