CPCC to provide customized training for Genpak

last modified Jul 31, 2017 01:53 PM
CPCC to provide customized training for Genpak

Mary Vickers-Koch, associate vice president for corporate & economic development, and dean of the CPCC Harris Campus; together with Kevin Kelly, president of Genpak.

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will provide specialized training for Genpak LLC employees through funding from the state’s customized training program.

Genpak, soon to be based in Charlotte, will receive $159,625 in training value from CPCC over a two-and-a-half-year period. The training programs will include a broad range of skills building, including leadership, customer service, continuous improvement, computers, innovation engineering and production. The N.C. Community College System’s Customized Training Program offers training services and specialized programs to assist new and existing business and industry to remain productive and profitable and do so in North Carolina.

Genpak, founded in 1969, is an industry leader in the development and manufacturing of quality food packaging. The company started with one manufacturing facility located in Middletown, N.Y., and has since expanded to 18 facilities and two distribution centers located across the United States and Canada. Genpak provides a full range of food packaging, including cups, bowls, plates, bakery containers, hinged containers, cutlery, trays and flexible packaging.

The company announced plans in April 2016 to move its corporate headquarters from New York to Charlotte by mid to late 2017. In early 2017, the company purchased a 333,830-square-foot facility in the Westlake Business Commons, at 10601 Westlake Drive, for both headquarters and production operations. Genpak has had manufacturing operations in the Charlotte area since 1985.

“Genpak is excited to start the next chapter of our history in the beautiful city of Charlotte,” said Kevin Kelly, Genpak president. “With our partnership with CPCC and their extensive training opportunities, we will bolster our efforts toward exceptional market innovations in packaging.”

Genpak’s manufacturing scope ranges across 10 different rigid packaging substrates and six kinds of flexible packaging materials. The company seeks to improve upon those material options constantly in terms of quality and aggressive environmental stewardship goals.

“CPCC is honored to work with Genpak as the company expands its employee base and presence in Mecklenburg County,” said Allison Bowers, CPCC director, economic recruitment. “The college, through our Corporate Learning Center, will work hard to deliver the customized training Genpak team members need now and as the company grows in our community.”

CPCC’s Corporate Learning Center is the college’s single point of contact for serving the wide range of learning and development needs of businesses and organizations in Mecklenburg County, including customized training. The college’s span of learning, expertise and experience make CPCC a uniquely positioned workforce development resource to help meet the performance and organizational needs of local companies.

To talk with a Corporate Learning Center team member, call 704.330.4660, or see cpcc.edu/clc.