Groninger takes home prestigious German-American business award

06.06.16 GACC South News

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 on Thursday, May 26.

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 on Thursday, May 26.

Almost 120 representatives from German and American companies gathered at the award ceremony at the Ballantyne Hotel in anticipation of the 2016 Gateway Award winner.

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. presents the Award to one company or organization each year that has excelled in promoting German-American business and relations. The tradition started in 2005 with Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for North Carolina, Klaus Becker.

Groninger, a filling and closing machine manufacturing company out of southern Germany, made its way to the Southern U.S. in 2006. After operating out of the South for 6 years, the company moved into a bigger facility within Charlotte in 2012.

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

Groninger USA L.L.C. teamed up with Siemens, Bosch Rexroth and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) to start the four-year “Apprenticeship Charlotte” program in fall 2014 modeled after the German dual training system.

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.

Former award recipients of the have been the German Language and Culture Foundation and Old Mecklenburg Brewery.