On “Jobs that Pay” Tour Governor Visits Greiner Packaging, Discusses Apprenticeships

April 26, 2017

Pittston, PA – Governor Wolf today toured Greiner Packaging in Pittston and participated in a roundtable discussion focused on apprenticeships and manufacturing workforce needs with Greiner employees, student interns, and community leaders. Representatives from the Governor’s Action Team and the Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Apprenticeship also participated.

“Apprenticeship programs such as the one Greiner Packaging has developed are providing access to great career pathways in manufacturing,” Governor Wolf said. “What better way to connect people to jobs that pay than an employer creating a training program that meets its needs for a skilled workforce.

“I also see and understand the need for innovative and expanded apprenticeship programs; that’s why I have included an apprenticeship grant program in my 2017-18 budget.”

The grant program – both for those leaving the K-12 education system and those transitioning into a new industry sector – can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, so workers are not training just to train, but have a job, a career path established.

Greiner Packaging partnered with Luzerne County Community College on its “Gold Apprentice Program,” to train technicians needed to fill the workforce at the packaging manufacturer.

“We are extremely honored to have the opportunity to showcase our growth and accomplishments to the Governor and his action team; specifically, through our Greiner Gold Apprentice Program,” David Kirkland, president of Greiner Packaging said. “Our program is unique to the area since students earn a degree whilst getting hands on experience from specially trained mentors. We are proud of our apprentices and excited to be part of their journey towards a successful long-term career at Greiner Packaging.”

Governor Wolf’s budget continues to invest in 21st century manufacturing, workforce development and training programs while also implementing new safeguards to ensure taxpayer dollars for economic development projects are spent appropriately and intended outcomes are met.

In addition to investments in apprenticeship and manufacturing training-to-career grant programs, Governor Wolf continues to make “jobs that pay” a top priority.

Since taking office, his administration has secured over $2 billion in private sector investments in the commonwealth and commitments for the creation and retention of over 200,000 full-time jobs.

Over the past two years, the governor has worked to increase the number of residents with college degrees and high-value industry-recognized credentials and to expand economic opportunities for residents and businesses while fighting for a minimum wage increase.

Governor Wolf continues to travel the commonwealth to talk to business owners and workers about what the commonwealth can do to help them thrive. In this year’s budget, Governor Wolf is committed to continuing to grow our economy and create jobs.

Greiner Packaging Corporation is a subsidiary of Greiner Packaging International and the company’s first U.S. location was established in Pittston to serve as the company’s corporate headquarters. In production since October 2014 with new technologies and state-of-the-art equipment, technologies include thermoforming, extrusion, injection molding, and direct print.

For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.gov/.

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