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Grand Opening at Greiner Packaging in Pittston, PA

The official opening of the first US site attracts a healthy crowd

Event: US jazz accompanies Austrian hospitality

On October 29, 2014, at exactly 4.23 pm local time, Andreas Frank, Willi Eibner and Michael Reiser cut the symbolic red ribbon and officially opened the first US site of Greiner Packaging before a crowd of invited guests. The Austrian packaging manufacturer primarily aims to highlight its strength in the dairy and food industry as it enters the US market. 

Kremsmünster / Pittston, 30. October 2014. – On October 29, 2014, more than 130 invited guests were at the premises of Greiner Packaging at 225 Enterprise Way, Pittston, PA 18640, USA. Among them were representatives of the State of Pennsylvania, members of Governor’s Corbett Cabinet and the Governor’s Action Team, prominent politicians, and members of the administration, customers, consultants, and suppliers.  

Factory inspection, good music, and delicacies
All the guests received first-hand information in the form of a tour of the plant and discussions with Greiner Packaging management. Music for the occasion was provided by the renowned Hayes Kavanagh’s New York City Jazz Band and DJ Marquis. Traditional Austrian cuisine was the culinary offer of the evening.  Willi Eibner, CEO of Greiner Packaging International, explained with a chuckle: “We have captured the hearts of our guests with Austrian delicacies such as schnitzel, Sachertorte, or Kaiserschmarrn (a traditional dessert, similar to pancakes). In the future, we’d like to delight our customers with innovative packaging solutions."

Highly motivated team from the region
With the entry into the US market, Greiner Packaging took yet another step from being a European provider towards becoming a global one. The team at Pittston is very well prepared and highly motivated. Most of the employees come from the region; Greiner Packaging offers its employees excellent work conditions and long-term future prospects. Customer interest is quite high amongst existing customers expanding in the US, as well as from new customers. The site is headed by the experienced Greiner Packaging Manager, Michael Reiser, from Austria. 

A broad range of solutions based on K3® technology
Greiner Packaging can offer an array of suitable solutions, particularly for the US dairy and food product market. The broad range of products in the area of innovative premium packaging solutions, particularly the versatile K3® technology, is in great demand. The technology's key strength lies in communication. Its cardboard wrap can be decorated on the interior and exterior, and is consequently well-positioned for the highly developed US marketing system. Its sustainability (renewable raw materials, less plastic content, up to 25% reduced carbon footprint) is also advantageous.

Corporate Data
Greiner Packaging International is one of the leading companies in the European packaging industry. The company registered annual sales of Euro 513 million in 2013 (including joint ventures). This represents more than a third of the total sales of the Greiner Group. Greiner Packaging International employs 3426 employees at 34 locations.