German Consul General and Honorary Consul visit groninger’s North American headquarters in Charlotte

German Consul General and Honorary Consul visit groninger’s North American headquarters in Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina/USA
January 19, 2016

Detlev Ruenger (German Consul General) and Lothar Burger (Managing Director of groninger USA) at a groninger machine

For the first time in the subsidiary’s history, the employees of groninger USA welcomed newly appointed German Consul General Detlev Ruenger and Honorary Consul Klaus Becker for a personal look at groninger USA’s apprenticeship program and daily operations on Thursday morning.

Upon arrival, Consul General Ruenger and Honorary Consul Becker were greeted by Lothar Burger, Managing Director of groninger USA. Burger stated Honorary Consul Becker reached out to him to request a plant tour with Consul General Ruenger, as well as receive more information about groninger USA’s apprenticeship program. After a brief company presentation, Consul General Ruenger and Honorary Consul Becker met groninger USA’s newest apprentices, Caleb Adams, Jason Rodean and Jonathan Arrington, in the facility’s apprentice workshop.

Adams, Rodean and Arrington, first year Mechatronics apprentices, demonstrated a few of their current and past projects to Consul General Ruenger and Honorary Consul Becker. One of the projects included a robotic machine that the apprentices completed programming shortly after their acceptance into the apprenticeship program. Adams, Rodean and Arrington explained the technical aspects of their project and the skills they developed since officially entering the program in August. Consul General Ruenger and Honorary Consul Becker also received a comprehensive tour of the facility, which included the company’s showcasing area, production and assembly floor.

Following the tour of the apprentice workshop, Consul General Ruenger and Honorary Consul Becker were directed to the showcasing area, where the tour concluded with a dry run demonstration on groninger’s Color 60 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.

"Consul General Ruenger seemed very impressed by our manufacturing quality," said Burger. "Our [machine] parts are used in entry-level filling machines, which are completely designed and assembled in the U.S. with the assistance of apprentices in their second year of our program."

As a German subsidiary in America, groninger USA strives to provide the standards the groninger name is known for to 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.

Demonstration in the facility’s apprentice workshop
Klaus Becker (Honorary Consul), Detlev Ruenger (German Consul General) and Lothar Burger (Managing Director of groninger USA)
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