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3/1/2018 4:38:00 PM
Open House At Aptar
It's almost certain that you have dozens of products in your home that have closures made at the Aptar plant in Lincolnton.
It's almost certain that you have dozens of
products in your home that have closures
made at the Aptar plant in Lincolnton.

Tim DeCrow is the site director for Lincolnton's Aptar plant.
Tim DeCrow is the site director
for Lincolnton's Aptar plant.

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What are those orange things?  They're
Tropicana lids being produced at the
Lincolnton Aptar plant this week.

Wayne Howard

Your Tropicana orange juice, your Heinz ketchup, your Smucker's jelly...none of these products is made in Lincoln County--but the lids for them are. Chances are you have a dozen or more items in your home that have packaging that includes dispensing closures manufactured right here in the Lincoln County Industrial Park north of Lincolnton.

AptarGroup, Inc. is a leading global supplier of a wide range of innovative dispensing and sealing solutions for the beauty, personal care, home care, prescription drug, consumer health care, and food & beverage markets.

Aptar has more than 70 years of experience operating in the ever-changing consumer packaging industry. Aptar operates plants in 18 countries around the world. The company employs thousands in its various facilities--about 135 at its plant in Lincolnton.

Aptar came to Lincolnton in 2012. Committed to economic, social and environmental sustainability, they were named the Lincoln County Industry of the Year in 2014.

Aptar announced in May 2011 that it would open a $50 million manufacturing operation in Lincoln County that would eventually employ 150. The plant in the Lincoln County Industrial Park opened in 2012. The plant here supplies closures for the food & beverage industry.

Kelly Grissom, Director of Continuous Improvement for the Aptar plant here, has been with them since they opened in Lincolnton. "I'm proud of what we do and I'm proud that Aptar chose to locate in our area," she told us. "A lot of older people have the idea that industrial jobs are dirty, that they are for people with limited skills. While we do hire some people who are just starting out and have little training--all we require is a willingness to learn and a high school diploma or GED--we also offer opportunities for others who are looking for a better position. Those who have some skills in electrical or plumbing or other technical skills can often fit in easily with our workforce."

Aptar works on what is called a 2-3-2 schedule, she told us. That allows workers, who work 12-hour shifts, to have seven days off out of every 14. "Our people seem to like the schedule," she told us. "They also like working in a clean environment." Unlike many industrial jobs a generation ago, the work at Aptar isn't 'hot and sweaty.'

"Some people think of automation as the enemy of workers, but while we use a good deal of automation, it requires workers who have the technical skills to keep the machines going and productivity flowing." As for pay, Grissom said it's better than the Lincoln County average.

Aptar will be holding an Open House this Saturday from 10 AM - 3 PM. Those who'd like to see the facility are invited to attend whether they're looking for a job right now or not. "I think they'll be impressed," she said. "We're always looking for more good people, and who knows, you could find that working at Aptar is a golden opportunity."

The plant is located at 3300 Finger Mill Road off the Maiden Highway (US 321 Business) in Lincolnton.

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