Groninger USA received the 2016 Gateway Award

Groninger USA takes home prestigious German-American business award

Charlotte (May 27, 2016) – Groninger USA L.L.C. received the 2016 Gateway Award for helping establish the “Apprenticeship Charlotte” program and for their overall success in the Southeastern U.S Thursday, May 26.

Close to 120 representatives from German and American companies gathered at an award ceremony at the Ballantyne Hotel in anticipation of winning the 2016 Gateway Award.

Lothar Burger (Geschäftsführer groninger USA L.L.C.) receives the award

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. presents the Award to one company or organization each year. The winner must have excelled in promoting German-American business and relations in the year leading up to the ceremony. The tradition started in 2005 with Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Klaus Becker.

Groninger, a filling and closing machine manufacturing company serving the pharmaceutical, consumer health care and cosmetic industry out of southern Germany, made its way to the Southern U.S. in November 2006 after operating out of New Jersey for nine years.


“From Charlotte, our ability to support U.S. customers with design and technical service is greatly enhanced. We are fully committed to the high level of service our US customers have come to know and expect.”
Lothar Burger
Managing director of groninger USA L.L.C

Groninger USA formed an alliance with Siemens, Bosch Rexroth and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). This alliance is part of the “Apprenticeship Charlotte” program.  And provide the quasi-German, four-year dual vocational and on the job training apprenticeship program since fall 2014.

The “Apprenticeship Charlotte” gives high school students, veterans and experienced workers the chance to receive a Journeyman degree from the Department of Labor of North Carolina as well as an associate degree from CPCC as a mechatronic technician or machinist technician.

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