Greiner Packaging Corp. Receives State Certification for Greiner GOLD Apprentice Program

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Greiner Packaging recognized for fostering next generation of advanced mechatronics technicians by receiving certification from the State of Pennsylvania for its Greiner GOLD Apprentice Program.

"Our Greiner GOLD Program is an excellent example of our commitment to providing growth opportunities and we are honored that the State of Pennsylvania agrees.” - David Kirkland, president of Greiner Packaging Corp.

Greiner Packaging Corp., one of the leaders in innovative packaging solutions, announced today that it is has received certification from the State of Pennsylvania for its Greiner GOLD Apprentice Program.

The successful Greiner GOLD Apprentice Program is a partnership between Greiner Packaging and Luzerne County Community College. The program offers participants a combination of class-based and in-house training for a three-year program that includes a two-year Advanced Mechatronics degree combined with a three-year apprenticeship program now recognized by the State of Pennsylvania. The program is offered on a yearly basis to a select group of qualified applicants.

Pennsylvania State Certified Apprenticeship programs provide opportunities for Pennsylvanians to receive high quality training and instruction in family-sustaining occupations. This model has proven effective for many years in the state. Pennsylvania has been promoting and establishing the standards for apprenticeship programs since 1961. Registered apprenticeship programs are a time-honored means to meet the skilled workforce needs of employers in numerous industries and occupations.

“We are excited to receive certification from the State of Pennsylvania for our successful Greiner GOLD Program,” said Michael ReiserDavid Kirkland, president, Greiner Packaging Corp. “At Greiner Packaging we believe in providing our employees with an environment to learn, grow and thrive in their positions in order to reach their fullest potential. Our Greiner GOLD Program is an excellent example of our commitment to providing growth opportunities and we are honored that the State of Pennsylvania agrees.”

“Apprenticeships improves the skills of the American workforce, and enhances the efficiency and productivity of American industries,” said Eric Ramsay, director of Apprenticeship and Training Council.” “Greiner Packaging is offering exactly the type of apprenticeship opportunities that are integral to strengthening the commonwealth’s economic stability.”

Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf, recently visited Greiner Packaging as part of his “Jobs That Pay” tour. During his visit, Governor Wolf highlighted the Greiner GOLD Program and Greiner’s commitment to providing apprenticeship opportunities that focus on hands-on skills training.

The Greiner GOLD program commenced in the Pittston plant during the Fall of 2016 with two apprentices, and two more will join the program in the Fall of 2017. “This program has proven to be successful in our other locations in other countries resulting in highly skilled and dedicated employees,” said Katherine Gallagher, human resources manager for Greiner Packaging’s Pittston plant. “As we continue to grow here in Pittston, we envision the Greiner GOLD program will also grow with us.”

For more information to apply to the Greiner GOLD Program please visit or call (570) 602-3940. For more information on careers at Greiner Packaging Corp. and to learn more about the company, please visit

About Greiner Packaging Corp. US
Greiner Packaging Corp. opened its US operations in May 2014 in Pittston, PA bringing one of Europe’s leading plastic packaging manufacturers in the Food and Non-Food sectors to the burgeoning US packaging market. Greiner Packaging Corp. is part of Greiner Group, which traces its history back to 1868. Greiner Packaging is the largest of the five divisions of Greiner Group. Greiner Group operates in 32 locations with more than 4,000 employees.

US operations center around the Greiner Packaging K3® technology, in-mold-labeling and direct print technologies. The K3® technology is an industry-premier cardboard-plastic combination packaging for cups that blends the opportunity for stellar design and effective marketing messages, delivering immediate impact right off the shelf. Since its 1981 launch in Switzerland, K3® technology has become a constant presence on the shelves of European retailers, used to differentiate some of the world’s most illustrious food and beverage brands.

With the innovation of K3® technology, Greiner Packaging Corp. has become the recognized leader in the field of premier cardboard-plastic combination packaging.

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